The Ballad of Perilous Graves by Alex Jennings

Put on your dancing shoes and step into New Orleans as you’ve never seen it before in this vibrant and imaginative debut.

Nola is a city of wonders. An alternate New Orleans made of music and magic, where spirits dance the night away and Wise Women help keep the order. To those from Away, Nola might seem strange. To failed magician Perilous Graves, it’s simply home.

Then the rhythm of the city stutters.

Nine songs of power have escaped from the magical piano that maintains the city’s beat, and without them, Nola will fail. Unwilling to watch his home be destroyed, Perry will sacrifice everything to save it. But a storm is brewing and even if they capture the songs, Nola’s time might be coming to an end.


I really loved the concept of this book and so I was eager to get started. I have to admit I was a little lost for the first section and I couldn’t see how the two different stories were going to come together but once it clicked I really enjoyed following the story.

The use of children as the hero’s of the book worked really well and I loved the idea of art coming to life and music taking on the form of humans.

I loved the New Orleans setting and the strong female characters within this book and would definitely look out for more by this author.

Thank you to Orbit Books for my spot on the blog tour.

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