Title: The Dollmaker of Krakow
Author: R.M Romero
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Middle Grade
Synopsis: In the land of dolls, there is magic.
In the land of humans, there is war.
Everywhere there is pain.
But together there is hope.
Karolina is a living doll whose king and queen have been overthrown. But when a strange wind spirits her away from the Land of the Dolls, she finds herself in Krakow, Poland, in the company of the Dollmaker, a man with an unusual power and a marked past.
The Dollmaker has learned to keep to himself, but Karolina’s courageous and compassionate manner lead him to smile and to even befriend a violin-playing father and his daughter–that is, once the Dollmaker gets over the shock of realizing a doll is speaking to him.
But their newfound happiness is dashed when Nazi soldiers descend upon Poland. Karolina and the Dollmaker quickly realize that their Jewish friends are in grave danger, and they are determined to help save them, no matter what the risks.
Spoiler Free Review
I posted about this book on my account and someone commented that by the end they were crying and I thought I would be prepared for the ending, I was not. This ending had me wrecked. This story is so well written and its such an amazing plot. This book is a mix of fantasy and historical fiction and it was the right amount of combination. It wasn’t an overwhelming amount of fantasy which I liked.
Karolina is out main character and the book takes place from her perspective. Karolina is a doll living in The Land of Dolls and suddenly the rats from across the sea invade her land. Fleeing from the war, Karolina goes to the forest and there she meets a wind who brings her to Krakow, there she meets the Dollmaker. Karolina is such an optimistic and hopeful character and I think she really brought some light to the story. Even with everything going on, she still remains hopeful and tried to uplift the Dollmaker whenever she can. She is also very compassionate and will do anything for her friends.
The Dollmaker is another main character in the book. He fought in World War I and he’s been a bit down since he came back. Enter Karolina, and things start to change for him. He begins to smile more and his whole demeanor changes. It was cool to see the change in his character once he and Karolina become better friends.
The story is such a beautiful story. I didn’t realize it was middle grade until I looked on Goodreads. I think the author did a good job with handling the grim and horrible time of World War II with it being a middle grade book. The writing is beautiful and Romero’s writing plays well with the story and what it tells. As I said earlier the ending of this book is heartbreaking but I think it is the way the book needed to end. I loved this book and I think I can see it making its way on my favorite of the year list.