I bought this book because there was a giant advertisement with Thomas Lennon and his beautiful dog playing in target while I was in the book section. After taking a glance at it’s inside cover and realizing that it was a middle grade book written specifically for me, I figured I needed to buy it. Only on the way home did I realize that there was a review of it from Weird Al Yankovich on the back, which further solidified my feelings.
This book follows 15 year old Ronan Boyle as he is promoted from police intern to Garda Special Unit officer. He has to go to a secret school, train, and learn about the goings on in Tir Na Nog, the fairy realm. Based in Ireland, this book felt like a nice reminder of the time I spent there. But quickly, I realized it shared a lot of similarities with another Irish character.
This book felt very Artemis Fowl. It features a lot of similar things; Ireland, laws being broken, and the wee folk. But while Artemis is on the wrong side of most laws, Ronan Boyle is here to uphold them. This young, upstanding citizen has to solve a mystery or two, and hopefully save his parents. Because of the wit, explanations, and the parents, it also feels a lot like the Series of Unfortunate Events.
Artemis Fowl and The Series Of Unfortunate Events were what for me through the times when I wasn’t reading Harry Potter. These books had a huge feature in my developing life as a reader, and I think Ronan feels like a warm hug because of that.
I really enjoyed reading Ronan Boyle and the Bridge Of Riddles. I’ve seen it listed as Ronan Boyle #1, which has me incredibly hopeful for a series around this lovely young man. I highly recommend you checking it out, either for yourself or for a young friend or relative. It has a lot of dry humor that will be enjoyed by all. If you’re ready to experience Tir Na Nog, you can grab a copy at Target, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or wherever you buy your books!
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