Brotherhood of Shades Paperback – 26 Sep 2013
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‘A wonderful new fantasy’ - Jonathan Stroud, author of the Bartimaeus Sequence
‘With Brotherhood of Shades, Finch has proven herself to be an author to watch’ The British Fantasy Society
About the Author
Dawn Finch was born in London, and works as a Children's Librarian and Reader Development Consultant.
Top Customer Reviews
This debut novel is a real treat for fans of fantasy fiction. The action takes place in and around well-loved landmarks, such as the British Museum and St Paul's Cathedral and refers to historical events like the Great Fire of London and the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The book includes a list of websites leading the reader to further information about these places and events, so there is the opportunity to learn a thing or two while enjoying an exciting story. Adam is a character that will appeal to teenage readers as he has, among his other qualities, a wonderful sense of humour that is illustrated very well in his lively conversations with Toby D'Scover. This is a young man who is going to enjoy being dead far more than he ever enjoyed being alive. In contrast, Toby is serious, even dour, but the way in which he has adapted modern technology for use by the ghostly brotherhood is admirable. There are surely many more adventures ahead for Adam and the members of the Brotherhood and I look forward to the next story.
A fantastic debut from Ms Finch and I look forward to reading the follow up.
There were historical and specific references weaved into the storyline, which I expected to find fault with, but didn't - always a good sign. Furthermore, the language struck just the right balance; not trying to be too pretentious or patronising.
As a parent I did note the subtle introduction of more challenging words and concepts, which were effortlessly entwined into the dialogue. Indeed Ms Finch has to be applauded for her ability to knit together a matrix of complex ideas, timelines, characters and places into an exceptional storyline with clarity and relevance. She is clearly on the side of her reader!
Despite half-predicting the end (being an adult) my favourite scenes were the final chapters (no spoilers, I promise). The vivid imagery and `theatre' that Ms Finch conjured up were spot on, and still live with me. My favourite character has to be Edie; when she was introduced the book did indeed seem to `ruffle [its] pages in pride'!
My dilemma towards the end of the book is that I kept reading past my designated chapter a night, as I didn't want to put it down, but I also didn't want to finish the story too quickly as that would mean I would have to leave the world of the Shades; something I wasn't willing to do. I am still in mourning, day dreaming, as my daughter would put it, about the book. Needless to say I thoroughly recommend `Brotherhood of Shades', and in the meantime I look forward to a sequel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
With a riveting, definitely different plot, great characters and plenty of historical intrigue this is a well written, enthralling story. Read more
Adam dies after living on the streets of London. His spirit is picked up by Toby D’Scover who works for the mysterious Brotherhood, formed to protect the living world from that of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by E M Aldred
I hope the writer do another book ... maybe book 2? I hope so.... :) the story is well made and the plot is believable :)Published on 25 Dec. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I was given this book as a birthday present and I was hooked straight away. The locations were real and fascinating, a real and virtual journey! Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2013 by sxl
This tale of an ancient and secret order of ghosts that protects our world from evil spirits held my interest from beginning to end. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2013 by A J Keeble
Dawn said she wanted it to be exciting and she certainly achieved that goal! A great book and I am already wondering when the sequel is coming out. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2013 by James Masters
At first I wasn't sure this book would be for me. I bought it for my teenage children, but read it first. Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2013 by Rbecksr
All facts are genuine, the book is really well writen, i'm not a great reader but i loved the book, must buy!Published on 22 Sept. 2013 by Phil