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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Buster Books (7 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780550316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780550312
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fast paced - exciting - full of twists and turns - excellent characterisation - compelling storyline - what more can you ask? (Parents in Touch)

About the Author

John Barrowman was born in Glasgow and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was eight. He is well known for his roles on stage and television. His sister Carole is a Professor of English and Director of Creative Studies in Writing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has regular US newspaper columns and has written two hugely successful books about her brother John's life.


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I admit it: after reading Bone Quill, I read Hollow Earth all over again just to remain close to the characters. It's an exciting new adventure for the Calder twins, despite being an independant adventure - or actually half an adventure - which can be read without foreknowledge. That won't apply to the third installment which will hopefully come soon. Because you just want to know what happens next, not just to the twins themselves but also to many other characters. Although Solon from the Middle Ages wasn't so interesting in the first book, you surely want to know more about him now, especially since he's now got a companion to work with too.

Surprisingly, and I already noticed that in the first book, it is the boy twin who hits into puberty first while generally this happens to girls first. Obviously that is necessary for the story as girls don't fight the way boys do when they disagree or distrust someone else of their own age (and among boys that is a more regular feature of behaviour - they generally make up more easily too) while this particular fight was a great way of getting the two boys - one from the 21st and the other from the 13th century, to start working together.

The only negative point I have, is the fact that the father is a bit too simple in character. He is just a megalomaniac who furthermore manages to incite a rebellion in an monastery in 4 (!) days time while being a complete stranger to them. Of course, he is a strong guardian en well able to "inspirit" many monks, but it still seemned a bit unlikely.
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This is a good follow up to the first book. I read the first book quite a while ago so it was handy to have the glossary which helped remind me what had happened in the first book. Although an adult I have enjoyed reading both books and am looking forward to the third one just to finish the series. However the pace can be a bit slow at times and I am not sure that they would appeal to older teenagers.
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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.
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I really enjoyed the first one, good to read something other than crime novels, it was a bit different and held your interest. However this is not as good as the first one and I won't be buying book 3 as I think the autor has run out of steam.
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Wow it just gets better. The story of Em and Matt continues at a blistering pace. So glad I downloaded all three together this way I have not had a long agonising wait to find out what happens next. Oh talking of what happens next gotta go and start reading it NOW ! Be you young or old if you loved Harry Potter your going to love these ...
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This has the most cliffy of cliffhangers at the end. So I'm assuming and hoping there's a third book, and soon!

I enjoyed this even more than The Hollow Earth. It continues the story from that novel and the writing feels more confident and mature. I loved the way they developed the story of the characters in the middle ages, and wove it together with the modern day. The characters are great, my favourite is Jeannie, I do like the monks as well, they are really well realised.

I like that they've gone with one long story, and not just separate adventures for the same characters. It makes it very absorbing and I've found both books to be page turners.
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Enjoyed the first book. Especially as written by John and Carol Barrowman.
Hoping book two would be just as good but my interest was lost early into it.
Have since finished and do want to complete the trilogy, just hoping book three is better.
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