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Dark Peak: The First Elemental (Elementals): 1 Paperback – 5 Nov 2012

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Stonewood Press; 1st edition (5 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956912222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956912220
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,524,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

JG Parker has lived and written in the UK (London, Sheffield, Edinburgh) and USA (Houston), and now lives in the quiet depths of Northamptonshire in the UK, surrounded by rolling fields and forests that go on forever and are likely to be home to any number of natural (and supernatural) creatures. Dark Peak is Parker s first novel.

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JG Parker's first effort it impressive. Hope to read more of his work soon! From the first page, you can see he controls the elements of his writing style. Very clean and clear to read.
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Dark Peak is a gripping adventure story with a serious environmental purpose. The clear, lively language propels the story forward and the characters are rounded and totally convincing. This is not to say that the reader doesn't have to work too. S/he isn't insulted by over-explanation. There's plenty of opportunity to participate imaginatively and to think for oneself. This is a book that engages the reader at many levels: intellectual, visual and imaginative. It's not just about action. There are some lovely descriptive pieces - not to slow down the pace but rather to place you in a specific locality with your senses wide open:

The village gave way to a wooded copse and a bank of grass as the river reappeared. Bog-stars, rock-roses and Devil's-bit scabious sprang up in a swell of colour. A brown and white cat perched itself on a rotting stump and watched the bees and butterflies until something bigger came along to entertain it. Jackdaws called and swooped, hunting for food. (p137)

The story is also psychologically convincing and again without over-explanation. We know how the protagonists are feeling by their thoughts, actions and gestures:

Jake stood up sharply. This was too much for him to think about. He thought they'd come to find out how to kill a monster and instead he finds out that humans were killing themselves and nothing could be done to stop it.
He stepped up to the table and riffled nastily through the books and papers. (p169)

I really enjoyed reading Dark Peak and think it can be appreciated by all age groups: from thinking teens upwards.
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Dark Peak introduces us to the world of Elementals (I hope introduce, I hope this will be the first of many adventures). Stone is an elemental who needs to alert his new companion to a terrible threat facing Earth by a mysterious destructive force. The problem is that Jake, the companion, doesn't know what his role is and is a little reluctant. Jake is living, temporarily in a cottage in the peak district with his mother and sister, Bett. Bett and Jake's father has just died and it is through his father's line that Jake inherits the role of companion to the limestone dragon.

The writing is perfectly paced with beautiful East Midlands voices coming through in the dialogue. Although the protagonist is a teenage boy, and teenagers may well like this book, it is classic cross-over book with plenty to grab the adult reader. If you love Alan Garner, you will totally get this book with its key narratives of place, landscape and voice.
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A Pullmanesque story beautifully landscaped into the UK's peak district, this is an intriguing page-turner. Its hero is teenager Jake, on holiday with his mother and younger sister. The domestic affections and tensions in the family, following the death of the father, are realistically drawn and entirely believable. But this is science fiction - the other hero is a dragon: an 'elemental', a strange, powerful, force of limestone, older than time, representing the struggle of nature itself against the evil spirits of planetary destruction. The dragon enlists Jake to his cause... Read on... a compelling tale for young and older readers.
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I really enjoyed reading `Dark Peak' which I was given as an unexpected gift. In the book, the siblings Bett and Jake are at that awkward age where life is suddenly less about routine and more about the things outside one's control. On holiday in the peak district (hence the eponymous title) and coping with the loss of a father, Jake is, without warning, at the centre of something colossal, familiar and confusingly, unrecognisable. Perplexed and raw from the bereavement of a parent, but realising things beyond his influence are once again quickly manifesting, Jake seeks the help of his sister, Bett. Although mentally ahead of her years, Bett is seemingly (especially, in front of her mother) reluctant to be anything other than a normal 11 year old girl, but her quick ability to crack codes expose a different side to her. It also gives the brother and sister an insight into the strange mystery surrounding their grandparents and father. It becomes apparent that there is a stronger force at play and it does not appear to be immediately identifiable. There is certainly not a dull minute. I would recommend reading it. The plot is tight, the language refined and the characterisation subtle at first and then, firmly established by the end. While I liked `Dark Peak' for its characters , setting and philosophy which hold up well against the plot, my 12 year old nephew enjoyed it for the suspense and action. Doubtless, we took away different things. Young adults and those like me (headed towards the spiritually richer years of life) will enjoy it. A good read all in all and promising for a genre where sequels are fashionably the custom.
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