Blog tour: The Word-Keeper

By Veronica del Valle

Synopsis: Set in a whimsical town called Inkwell, a place with an ancient secret history, this fairytale-like adventure will uncover the key to the power hidden within words.

The Word-Keeper is a tale about a savvy bookmark named Ben that unwillingly becomes an evil imp with only one objective: follow the orders of his master and destroy the words that live inside books.

Only one girl can stop him. Her name is Florence Ibbot. She is eleven years old, oddly eloquent and a quiet observer of the world. But above all, Florence is a keen logophile and is willing to sacrifice everything to protect the words. 

She sets out to discover who is behind all this. The journey will take her to the origins of writing and inspiration. But she’ll also have to face the most treacherous adversary, Zyler, a ruthless sorceress whose sole mission is to ruin one of humankind’s most precious possessions: the gift of language.

As the final battle approaches, Florence will have to learn how to wield words instead of the sword. Is Florence brave enough to become who she was born to be?

How did this book end up in my hands? I am one of the lucky readers selected to participate in the blog tour for The Word-Keeper.

Was it a page-turner? You could easily read this book in day but I decided to take my time and savour every single sentence. You can truly tell that the author loves words!

Did the book meet my expectations? I don’t normally read fantasy or books for middle graders but I couldn’t miss a novel about a young logophile and I took a leap. I am so glad I did. And I know that my 6-month-old baby can’t have possibly understood what I was reading to her but she seemed to utterly enjoy it!

My favourite quote: The words we use shape our world. They are bricks with which we build our days. So if you have a choice, why choose saying an ugly word that will make you feel unhappy? It’s always better to go for good words. It simply makes sense.

Three words to describe it. Endearing. Educational. Adventurous. 

Do I like the cover? Yes, it’s simple and effective. I love the colour too!

Have I read any other books by the same author? No, this is Veronica del Valle first (and hopefully not last) novel.


  1. Silvia, I just wanted to tell you how much your review meant to me, especially the part when you say you read it to your 6-month-old baby. I'm really grateful and I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. Thank you.

    1. You're very welcome. Thank you for writing such an inspiring book. I look forward to sharing it with my daughter again when she's a little older!


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