- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Chicken House Ltd; 1st Edition edition (31 July 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1904442277
- ISBN-13: 978-1904442271
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.8 x 3.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 685,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Back to the Divide Hardcover – 31 Jul 2004
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Elizabeth Kay is a poet and a teacher of Art and Creative Writing. She lives in Surrey.
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Top Customer Reviews
Once again Kay intermingles current issues with the story, focussing on the environment and the dangers of introducing technology into a culture that doesn't understand it. Add to that a possible new WMD and this story is topically bang up to date.
But the best thing about 'Back to the Divide' is that you get to escape into a fantasy world for a short time. And as a busy mother of two small children that's really important to me! Who cares that it's a children's book? It's a darn good read and surely that's all that matters!
Firstly: it provides a fine feeling of continuity for those who have had the pleasure of reading The Divide yet works equally well as a stand-alone story. Favourite characters from The Divide - Felix, Bettony, Ironclaw, Grimspite, Snakeweed - are back for a second outing along with a batch of brand new ones - Turpsik, Nimby, Fuzzy - who are every bit as quirky and engaging as the originals.
Secondly: as in the first book, Ms. Kay's intricate, intelligent, plot moves along at a cracking pace deftly mixing elements of adventure, intrigue and humour against a series of evocatively described backdrops, some familiar from the first book and some, like the beautifully realised eastern desert and Arabian Night style cities, brand new.
Thirdly: once again, whilst being splendidly entertaining, Ms. Kay pulls off the trick of examining important themes, such as the nature of free will, and finds time to be educational. Where else would you get an explanation of both Pythagoras' theorem and the nature of a Mobius strip along with the definition of that much underused word, 'mallemaroking'?
My four goddaughters, who each thoroughly enjoyed The Divide, will shortly be receiving copies of Back To The Divide and I have no doubt that they will love it every bit as much, if not more so.
To put it shortly: Back To The Divide is excellent stuff!
But a quiet life is not in the cards for Felix. One day, he is shocked to find his enemy from the magical world, Snakeweed, standing on the front porch. The evil Snakeweed had managed to sneak into the human world. He did not find it to his liking, however, so he sought out Felix to give him the spell to return to his own magical world. As a means to force Felix into giving up the return spell, Snakeweed puts a spell on Felix's parents that turns them into marble statues. Felix soon realizes that he must return to the magical world and enlist his friends' help once again in order to free his parents.
BACK TO THE DIVIDE is a fine sequel for readers who enjoyed THE DIVIDE, the first book in the trilogy. I must admit, though, that I was not as entertained by it as I was by the original. Perhaps that is largely because the novelty of the magical world was wearing off. But what bothered me more was that the book seemed to focus on an awful lot of traveling. It felt like Felix and his companions moved back and forth across the magical world a dozen times during the story. I'm sure they didn't, but it felt that way at times.
Despite these complaints, I was pleased to see that the fun creatures from THE DIVIDE were back in this sequel, including giant, bird-like, math-obsessed brazzles and evil, shape-shifting sinistroms.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this immediately after finishing the first Divide book, eager for more tales with Felix and his friends. Read morePublished on 27 May 2013 by Amanda Martin
I think it is an excellent book, it is filled with amazing mythical creatures and is the best Fantasy story! Read morePublished on 19 April 2005
Elizabeth is a fantastic writer! I am hooked by her exciting story telling and this adventure story rides along at a fantastic pace! Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2005 by E. J. Brown