“The Master Craftsman” by Kelli Stuart is a dual-timeline historical novel set during the early 1900s in Russia and the present. The author skillfully weaves in a lot of information about historical events, daily life, and the mindset of various parts of society. I enjoyed the new things I learned, and the book never felt like a history text. All of the information shared was a natural and easy-to-read part of the story.
The story itself was fabulous! I enjoyed both timelines equally, and found myself eagerly awaiting the newest developments in one timeline even as I was reading the other one. I especially enjoyed the way the two stories/timelines eventually connected.
The character of Ava was particularly well-written. She felt like a real person to me, and was very relatable. I felt that her actions and speech were appropriate to her age and situation, and very much enjoyed following along on her quest.
Honestly, this is one of my favorite books of the year so far. The mix of fantastic characters, historical information, and treasure hunting is absolutely perfect.
Five out of five chunks of my favorite sharp cheddar!