Monday, 26 October 2009

Sam Osman - Quicksilver - Book Review - Jan 2010









Mr Ripley's Book Review


I last mentioned this book in December 2008 and was particularly looking forward to reading it. Now it's 2009 and I have just been sent a copy to read, but I must say it has been worth the wait. Perhaps when I mention that the book has been longlisted for the Waterstone's Book Prize 2010 and has a great chance of success, you'll begin to realise its full potential.
The story flows really well following the mysterious adventure of three children, who have been brought together by circumstances out of their control. The children find links with each other and their lives, and these discoveries eventually drive them to an ancient thousand-year-old prophesy which has them on a epic course of discovery. It's an epic fantasy novel inspired by the earth's ancient leylines.
The author has a great narrative voice in telling both the story and character dialogue. The historical inter-twining of the ancient past works particularly well to develop realistic events.The plot feels and is original, which can be hard to find in books these days.The further you read into the story, the faster you turn the pages wanting to uncover the untold history and understand the complex system of our planet whilst still engaging with the children and their adventures.
This is an outstanding read which will have every reader gripped to the end. I give this book five out of five - a great ending with lots to keep the reader entertained. I am looking forward to the next book by this exciting new author.

Book to be published by Marion LLoyd Books 4 January 2010 (An older book cover I had back in Dec 2008. Which one do you like the most?)







SYNOPSIS
Dark powers from the past are searching for three extraordinary chilren... Wolfie, Tala and Zi'ib were born on the same day on opposite sides of the world. They are brought together by astonishing coincidence - or so it seems. But only they can fulfil an ancient prophecy - and find a treasure of incalculable power. Can the mysterious energies that flow through the Earth's prehistoric leylines be controlling their lives? And will they discover the chilling truth of who they really are?
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