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Imaginative, Magical & Mysterious
on 11 April 2012
I would say that this book is aimed at children aged 9 through to mid-teens, although I am a lot older than that and loved it.
Brian has been left with his grand parents who he has only met on two previous occasions. His father is `missing' and his mother is trying to sort out a new house and a job because of the financial situation they have found themselves in. Very quickly Brian realises that things aren't quite normal at his grand parents house and, although he starts off rather sceptically about magic, he finds himself getting deeper and deeper into a very strange unknown world of magic potions, good monsters and bad demons. Brian becomes friends with two `good monsters', Sam and Hadley and they all meet up with two more children, Norman and Audrey, who also have parents that have `gone missing'. The mystery deepens and with the help of Violet who they meet at the tavern where they are staying in this weird underground world, they tackle fire monsters and demons to try to save their parents, magical rubies and the Cup of Ages. The final two or three chapters are enticingly terrifying cliff hangers that will keep all voracious young readers up until past their bedtime to find out what happens.
I found this story well constructed with rich narrative and imaginative plot lines. There's no need to worry about bad language or anything you wouldn't want your child to read about, it's perfect for all children from 8 or 9 upwards.