Friday, 13 February 2009

P B Kerr - Children of the Lamp - Eye of the Forest

Ripley's Review

The U.S covers for this series are so much better than the UK's version, which might explain why they sell better in the U.S. When marketing childrens' books, one of the key factors is a great eye-catching book cover. It should entice the reader to pick up the book and read the synopsis, sometimes that is half the battle.

This is book five in the great children's series Children of the Lamp entitled "Eye of the Forest". It's another action packed magical adventure for the Gaunt Family.
After an incident in the Peabody Museum, the adventure gathers pace when a trip to the Amazon is called for. Another great read in this series of books. P B Kerr writes with great detail which gives the story something special. Only a handful of authors can do this. Four out of Five.


An ancient Incan prophecy leads the Gaunt twins deep into the heart of the Amazon, in search of a cursed portal that has remained hidden for centuries. Along the way, they come across their old friend Dybbuk, but it's not a happy reunion. Dybbuk has lost all his djinn powers and is desperate to get them back - even if it means destroying the world. Can John and Philippa stop him before it's too late?


Children of the Lamp:

1. The Akhenaten Adventure - Scholastic 15 Aug 2004

2. The Blue Djinn of Babylon - Scholastic 19 Sep 2005

3. The Cobra King of Kathmandu - Scholastic 7 Aug 2006

4. The Day of the Djinn Warrior - Scholastic 6 Aug 2007

5. The Eye of the Forest - Scholastic 6 April 2009


One Small Step - Simon & Schuster Children's 2 Jun 2008

About P B Kerr

Philip Kerr is a British author born in Edinburgh. He studied at the University of Birmingham and worked as an advertising copywriter for Saatchi and Saatchi before becoming a full-time writer. He has written for the Sunday Times, Evening Standard and the New Statesman. Kerr has published eleven novels under his full name and a children's series, Children of the Lamp, under the name P.B. Kerr. He is married to novelist Jane Thynne.

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