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Dark Peak: The First Elemental (Elementals): 1 Paperback – 5 Nov 2012
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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.
Top customer reviews
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.
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.
I was especially drawn in by J.G.Parker's detailed knowledge and exploration of the geological underworld and the eternal power of the earth's elemental forces. The magical forces rooted in the ancient world are explained with equal authority. Set in contemporary times the underlying environmental warning has an unsettling poignancy.
I look forward to the next knee-grazing, oil-bubbling dramatic journey and perhaps the film....