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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (29 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595226132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595226139
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm

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Amazon.com: 5 reviews
One of the best 14 Oct 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I know Kyle Bladow personally. I have found out about this fantastic book through a friend, who, in turn, also knows Kyle Bladow. She is friends with one of Kyle's friends mentioned in the dedications. I would like to review the book. This book lead you through a suspenseful, twist. Its characters play a MAJOR signifigance, of course. If you have not read the book pay very close attention to everything, especially to a certain wall, and just pay attention to everything. It is hard to believe that a 15 year old wrote this (now 17 or 18). This book is magnificent. The essence of the book leads you on. It is very mysterious, and it is very enjoyable. You will NOT want to put this down. Kyle if you are reading this, I loved your book, it is one of my favorites, and I wish you good luck in everything that comes to you.
Looking forward to this author's next book 1 Dec 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I have a feeling that Kyle Bladow will be writing about his line of witches for years to come. And one of these days he's going to wow us all.
Aiden Thorne is the last of his line. He is a witch, like so many in his family before him. But when he finds a strange book in the local bookstore, a journal written by one of his ancestors, strange things start happening in the Thorne Manor. Caught up in a furious desire to paint, Aiden draws the very girl who wrote the journal- and the evil she had brought with her that destroyed his family!
A quick reader, recommended to young adults, Amelia Atwater-Rhodes fans, Christopher Pike fans, and R.L. Stine fans.
Struggle 3 Feb 2005
By Ali Coleman - Published on Amazon.com
I had the hardest time getting a hold of this book. I found it while looking through Border's recommendations and while looking over another reviewer's favorite book list. I liked the idea of the plot mainly from the review and he was recommend later on by another author who's writing style I enjoyed. After finally ordering the book and having it come in; which I was told may not be possible because of so little demand, I had the book finished in less than two days which is no big feet. By the third chapter I was greatly getting bored of all the descriptions and there was no need for them. I was also put off by the way the book was lay-out out ... some of the chapters were so small and could have easily been combined. I felt it dragged towards the end of the story line when Aiden was fighting the demon and I found myself skimming paragraph after paragraph. I understand greatly how hard it is to write and how much goes into it, but I feel a lot more could have and maybe Kyle's next book; if there ever is one, will show more maturity.

For those who do not know and do not want to dive into the book themselves a quick summary tells you that the book is about a family [the thornes] and a young witch who raises a demon to kill her father who is cheating on her mother and the demon ends up killing her mother [also a witch], the mistress, and her father. Aiden is her great great great cousin and because of some force [not really described] which she transforms into she lives for 150 years and will probably forever. The demon is after Aiden and later we find out he killed Aiden's parents and then later on his grandmother whom he lived with and only him and his newly found relative can defeat the demon and for a surprise ending he does and becomes immortal like Clair [the cousin].
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An impressive debut 23 Jun 2002
By Nancy E. - Published on Amazon.com
Aiden Throne lives in one of the few original houses in Dosmary, an old town in Massachusetts that has recently gone through massive renovations, with his grandmother Dora. And although few people know it he's no normal teen, he's a witch with powerful gifts that he can tell no one. But even through all this he manages to live a somewhat normal life but everything changes when he starts hearing a strange voice on the wind telling him to beware. He doesn't think of it much until he comes across an old journal in the local occult store. He quickly learns that it is one of his ancestors book of shadows who summoned a dark spirit from the otherworld that was responsible for the deaths of many. Strange things start to happen... Aiden is no longer safe, not even in his own house.
After learning from an Amelia Atwater-Rhodes website about this author I knew I had to read it. Not only was it a book about a subject I find interesting, but it was by another young author. I was really impressed with the writing style of someone so young. You can tell he has the potential to be a really good author. Although some parts were weak, some characterization a bit two dimensional, the book itself was quite a page turner. I can't wait to see what this new author turns out in the next few years. It's always interesting to see people grow as authors. I recommend this book to fans of such books as Amelia Atwater-Rhodes and the Sweep series.
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good start 7 July 2002
By Amy - Published on Amazon.com
Though he is under twenty one doesn't mean i will be sincere about the rating. His book was good for someone who just debuted but he is youn and has flaws in his writing also. But if you like a quick read I would suggest this book. I'll be nice and give him two stars for effort he put in this piece of work.
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