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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Lloyd Books; 1 edition (4 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407105736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407105734
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 737,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Osman's bold kids, nutty adults and sense of ancient histories and mysteries are very reminiscent of Cooper's Over Sea, Under Stone ... If you love stone circles, planetary alignments, Atlantis myths and ancient history, then curl up with Quicksilver. --The Times<br /><br />Novels in which apparently ordinary children discover they are something special or have marvellous powers are always satisfying, and in Quicksilver by Sam Osman, Wolfie, Tala and Zi'ib are the three children who discover they have a date with destiny. Brought together in a dreary south London suburb, they find themselves caught up in a superbly constructed and vividly depicted tale of ley lines, ancient prophecies, interplanetary communication and a dog called Elvis. At stake is the discovery of a source of prehistoric energy strong enough to rule the galaxy, but there are others after it, too. The chase is on. --The Telegraph<br /><br />It would be glib but not inaccurate to describe Quicksilver as Dan Brown for younger readers. The plot involves a search for lost knowledge, the unravelling of clues and coded conundrums and, at the heart of it, a mystery that mingles parascience with historical conspiracy. Wolfie, Tala and Zi'ib, three 12-year-olds from different countries, all have fathers who inexplicably disappeared. Using their wits and brains, and aided unwittingly by an eccentric old researcher, they discover powers relating to the nexus of ley lines that underlies the area. Smart entertainment, deftly done. --Financial Times

Novels in which apparently ordinary children discover they are something special or have marvellous powers are always satisfying, and in Quicksilver by Sam Osman, Wolfie, Tala and Zi'ib are the three children who discover they have a date with destiny. Brought together in a dreary south London suburb, they find themselves caught up in a superbly constructed and vividly depicted tale of ley lines, ancient prophecies, interplanetary communication and a dog called Elvis. At stake is the discovery of a source of prehistoric energy strong enough to rule the galaxy, but there are others after it, too. The chase is on. --The Telegraph

It would be glib but not inaccurate to describe Quicksilver as Dan Brown for younger readers. The plot involves a search for lost knowledge, the unravelling of clues and coded conundrums and, at the heart of it, a mystery that mingles parascience with historical conspiracy. Wolfie, Tala and Zi'ib, three 12-year-olds from different countries, all have fathers who inexplicably disappeared. Using their wits and brains, and aided unwittingly by an eccentric old researcher, they discover powers relating to the nexus of ley lines that underlies the area. Smart entertainment, deftly done. --Financial Times

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Feb 2010
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Zi'ib from the Sudan, Tala from California and Wolfie from Thornham, a sleepy town on the outskirts of London are united by an ancient mystical power. Surrounded by strange coincidences and suddenly gifted with the ability to speak any language, these three pre-teens find themselves on a quest to uncover a hidden treasure and thwart the evil plans of bad guys; the Manus Sacra.

The scene setting over the first few chapters is somewhat slow as the circumstances of each young hero is established; however the story line certainly picks up its pace. Ancient mysteries are re-discovered amid a variety of locations as Wolfie, Tala and Zi'ib turn mini globetrotting Indiana Jones' to follow a variety of clues found in Thornham, the Sudanese desert and yep California.

Sam Osman successfully maintains the action and air of mystery throughout the majority of "Quicksilver", as Zi'ib, Wolfie and Tala remain somewhat oblivious (as does the reader) to certain parts of their quest, whilst enemies remain hidden until the last few chapters. Obviously there are some significant loose ends at the end of this book which I assume will be expanded upon in the as yet to be completed sequel; however Quicksilver does have a satisfying ending, and those loose threads are certainly interesting enough for me to keep an eye out for the publication date of book 2.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Cowan VINE VOICE on 4 Jun 2010
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Quicksilver is an exciting, fast paced and action packed fantasy story which follows the lives of three young teenagers as they are brought together by the mysterious forces of the leys to complete an ancient mission.

I found the story to be something new and fresh, with incredible detail and just enough complexity. Clearly a lot of research went into the construction of the book's mythology and I found the ley lines, ancient civilisations and kinnections fascinating. The story's main characters are also well developed and likeable from the start as are their supporting cast - in particular the absent-minded but well meaning Sarah Brown and the slightly mad but loveable Mr Forester.

The author's writing style is lively, fast paced and thoroughly enjoyable.

I only had one small quibble with the book; that being the sometimes 'deus ex machina' leaps of sudden understanding by the trio of heroes which could feel a little jarring at times. They served well to keep the pace of the plot but felt a bit unauthentic.

Overall though, Quicksilver is an excellent book and I'm looking forward to the sequel.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Burnham on 30 Jan 2010
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Quicksilver is a novel about three children, Wolfie, Tala and Zi'ib, originally from different parts of the world, but who seem to have been brought together by fate. The book is set in a deliberately unremarkable part of South London called Thornham (think Streatham and you've got the idea). Wolfie, who is the English character lives in a sweet shop that has been run by his family for generations.

One other key character lodges with them, Mr Forester. (No, make that two key characters, we mustn't forget the dog Elvis!) Mr Forester is an old fashioned Earth Mysteries researcher. He has his own theory about ancient sites and alignments, including that Thornham once had a stone circle which has yet to be found.

Quite separately from all this, the children find they have parts of the same ancient key. They also find they have the ability to dowse - rather spectacularly - and some other mysterious powers that get them into difficulties at school. The author has great fun showing how they try to explain these away.

Sam has researched the subject thoroughly, and this shows in the book's understanding of the Earth Mysteries subculture. However the EM crowd of the world of Quicksilver are totally unaware of what the three children are about to experience...

A great read for kids from about age 10+

My 12 year old son didn't need much encouragement to get stuck into the book:

"It's very very good"
"I really like it"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Newton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct 2011
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When three kids, Wolfie, Zi'ib and Tala come together from different parts of the world they realise they have a lot of things in common; the same emerald coloured eyes, birth date, a name, which means Wolf in their own language and, as if that isn't enough, each have a father who is missing from their lives. Mysteriously missing, that is. They know that the circumstances that bring them together are too similar to be put down to coincidence and this is confirmed by the new guy, Mr, Forester, who rents a room in Wolfie's house and starts talking about his favourite hobby of tracking down ley-lines and researching the wonders of magic stone circles and the forces they attract. A complete nutter in other words!

During a speech on lost energy paths by Mr. Forester, the trio all have their senses awakened and find they have special powers, which didn't exist before. Little do they know that for centuries the Chosen have lived among them undetected. Now a secret cult who call themselves the Manus Sacra are looking to the young trio to complete their customs, a mission that will project them into a world known as "The Hidden Realms of Wisdom" only reached by the inquisitive minds of the chosen few. Together they must play detective and decipher the clues of the sacred knowledge to discover the true meaning as to why they have been brought together. What they discover may not be to their liking! And Mr. Forester may not be as nutty as he first seemed.

Sam Osman's Quicksilver is a fun book and I feel could very well be likened to Dan Brown the way he has includes many codes to crack and a story rich in plot and theme. The cute and rather mysterious dog, Elvis, was a charming addition to the cast and I will look forward to reading the rest of the series. A great ticking clock read.
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