keeping the momentum of Hollow Earth,
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This review is from: The Bone Quill (Hollow Earth Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
While the immediate danger during Hollow Earth calmed down to a finale, that is not to say all was well. The second in this series truly took off with the same intentions and momentum seen in the penultimate chapters of Hollow Earth.
The greatest relief, of course, was Renards return to the world of the living and his discharge from hospital- then it was back to lessons and back into the split time structure as we learnt more about the aftermath of the Viking Attack at the Monestry. THis book revealed more of the history of the setting for the story and a brand new concept to extend the world of Animaires and Guardians- time travel.
This is cleverly explained as another dimension to the twins' forbidden powers from their unusual heritage, and their interaction with (famous) paintings completed by other animaires. This was a superb idea to add a new level of discovery for the reader, rather than just a sequel with shared characters in new situations.
This is Malcolms story, and the underlying story is again this idea of torn loyalties between husband and wife, parent and adult child, and parent and vulnerable child. These concepts are not confined to the supernatural world. The teenage twins want to be trusted to help their mother, simon wants to keep them safe and Renard always knows more than he lets on.
everyone can relate to these motives. which is what makes this series so gripping, emotional and superb.