by Cliff McNish
I bought this book in Ireland. Amazon.com says that it’s not out
yet in America, but is on its way. I’ll try to get it for the library
when it does come out.
Did I say a couple of weeks ago that Middle Grade fantasy books have
trouble setting the stage? This one made it look effortless.
Two children are dragged out of their home to another world by a terrifying
monster--and we’re dragged with them. This was a well-written fantasy
that had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. In fact, it might
be a bit too scary for some. (Though today’s children seem to be able
to handle scarier stories than I ever could.)
takes the idea of the Special Child and adds a
twist. Have you noticed how many books are out there where a powerful
figure discovers that Our Hero has an incredible gift which must be trained?
Well, that’s the case in this book--only the powerful figure is a frightfully
The witch plans to train Rachel to become another witch and work along
with her to help her get revenge on a wizard of earth. Meanwhile,
the witch’s many other captive children think that Rachel may be their hope
of finally getting free. The problem is that the witch is tremendously
powerful, and Rachel is only beginning to use her gifts. The tension
This book is the first of a trilogy. I’m looking forward to reading
the other two books when they are written. This was the author’s first
novel, and is an impressive debut.
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