The Luthier’s Apprentice by Mayra Calvani Review+Excerpt

The Luthiers ApprenticeThe Luthier’s Apprentice
by Mayra Calvani

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Release Date: May 15, 2014

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another…

When violinists around the world mysteriously vanish, 16-year-old Emma Braun takes notice. But when her beloved violin teacher disappears… Emma takes charge. With Sherlock Holmes fanatic, not to mention gorgeous Corey Fletcher, Emma discovers a parallel world ruled by an ex-violinist turned evil sorceress who wants to rule the music world on her own terms.

But why are only men violinists captured and not women? What is the connection between Emma’s family, the sorceress, and the infamous Niccolò Paganini?

Emma must unravel the mystery in order to save her teacher from the fatal destiny that awaits him. And undo the curse that torments her family—before evil wins and she becomes the next luthier’s apprentice…


  • THIS whole entire novel has twists and turns at every novel that even I didn’t see coming which is an amazing sign for a good book.
    • And if that doesn’t buy you then maybe the amazing cover or the plot line of the book will.
  • Almost every single one of the characters was lovable.
    • They all had their own personality of their own which contained flaws making the characters come off as realistic.
  • The villain however was extremely cheesy and what I like to call a “Standard Villain”. In which they come across as every other single villain you have ever seen in Disney or cartoon movies.
  • The romance in this book was an amazing subplot which was there but didn’t over power the book with all the “Lovey Dovey Feels”.
    • The ability the author was able to gather to make the love slow burn was amazing and had me sitting on my seat waiting for what was to come next.
  • A couple less point of views in this book would’ve been able to hold my attention better and allowed me to become closer to the main characters.
  • There is some profanity during this book so keep that in mind when buying this book for younger young adults.
  • The supernatural beings in this book were a little too much for me as I would’ve liked it more if the author sticked to a main few and didn’t go overboard with almost every single mainstream supernatural being.
  • In conclusion, this book is a fast and fun read but may become confusing at moments.

I give this book 4/5 stars.


The Luthier’s Apprentice
Chapter One

Brussels, Belgium
Present day

Sixteen-year old Emma Braun got off the school bus and strode down Stockel Square
toward her home. She glanced up at the October sky and wrapped her wool scarf tighter
around her neck. Heavy dark clouds threatened a downpour.
As she passed a newspaper stand, the headlines on The Brussels Gazette caught her
Emma stopped. For a moment she could only stare. She dug into her jacket pocket for
coins and bought a copy.
The newspaper article left her stunned. Not only because three well-known violinists
had gone missing in the last several months, but because the latest one was her teacher,
Monsieur Dupriez.
The news story seemed so hard to believe, she stopped at the next street corner to read it
one more time.
It was the last week of October, and the shops and homes were lightly adorned with
Halloween decorations. Pumpkins and Jack-o- lanterns sat on doorsteps. Witches,
broomsticks, and black cats hunkered down in windows and shops. Just last evening, Emma
had sauntered along this street with her best friend Annika, unconcerned and looking forward
to Halloween. Now, everything had turned dark and ominous.
The strange incidents she had experienced for the past two weeks added to her stress.

At first she had thought they were a string of coincidences, but not anymore. While
scowling at obnoxious Billie Lynam during school recess, for instance, she wished he would
fall flat on his face… and half a minute later, her wish was granted. On various occasions she
guessed people’s thoughts before they spoke. And yesterday, on her way home from school,
she accurately guessed the meal her mom had left on the table for her.
Was she some kind of a psychic? If so, why now? People didn’t develop powers like
these overnight. Did they?
She hadn’t told her mom about her new abilities yet; only Annika knew. Maybe she
would tell her mom today, after she shared the news about Monsieur Dupriez.
As Emma approached her home, she quickened her step. By the time she reached the
door she was almost running. She raced into the hallway and dropped her book bag on the
“Mom!” she called, looking in the kitchen, then in the living room. The house was
silent. “Mom!” she called again, racing up the stairs to the bedrooms. Entering her mother’s
room, Emma found her sitting very still on the bed with a crumpled letter in her hand.
When her mom saw her, she hastily put the crumpled piece of paper into her pocket and
rose from the bed. Her arched brows were furrowed with anxiety.
Emma momentarily forgot the newspaper article. “Are you okay, Mom?”
“I’ve just received some unsettling news,” her mom said. “I must make a trip to see
your Aunt Lili. She’s ill. She…I don’t know how long I’ll be gone.”
Aunt Lili? Emma frowned. More surprises. Emma had never met her mom’s eccentric
only sister, who lived alone in the Hungarian mountains secluded in an old chateau
surrounded by dark woods—or so her mom said. Though again, her mom hardly ever
mentioned her.

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Mayra Calvani

About the Author

Award-winning author Mayra Calvani has penned over ten books for children and adults in genres ranging from picture books to nonfiction to paranormal fantasy novels. She’s had over 300 articles, short stories, interviews and reviews published in magazines such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal and Bloomsbury Review, among others. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, she now resides in Brussels, Belgium.

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