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Prospero’s Children Paperback – 4 Jul 2011
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Fern and Will, the children of a feckless art dealer find themselves sharing the remote farmhouse he has inherited with his current, and sinister, mistress. Something snuffles outside; a stone in the garden, which bears an odd resemblance to a passing tramp, moves in the night; a wolfish dog befriends them. Dreams and sleepwalking and the most remarkable video-tape ever watched provide the 16-year-old Fern with evidence that the world is not the controllable, rational place she thought it was, and that her own future is to be altogether more remarkable, and full of pain and wisdom, than she has expected ... Jan Siegel has taken the material of a hundred good children's fantasies and from it woven a book which hovers, like her heroine, on the brink of being fully adult, with the visionary power that often comes from inhabiting the threshold between states. Her handling of shop-worn questions like the paradoxes of time, the price of souls and the sinking of Atlantis, is as fresh and remarkable as fantasy ever gets; this impressive first novel is a classic in the making, and, it is to be hoped, the debut of a brilliant career. --Roz Kaveney
‘Prospero’s Children is a piece of pure magic – a charming, eccentric, and powerfully imaginative work of fantasy which will enchant readers for years to come.’
‘A lyrical, captivating first novel of mermaids, magic, lost worlds and found souls. Once read, this book will not be forgotten’
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A mesmerising book, with a story only predictable where the author grants the reader foresight.
I would reccomend this to anyone who already reads Fantasy, and also to those who are still not quite sure. Truly a flagship for the genre.
I glanced at the cover and read the inside and it sounded interesting and seemed like one of the books that I'd enjoy so I then started to have a little read, which in turn, led to a very big read as I just couldn't put the book down!
This book is excellent and I was suprised that I'd never heard of it before or seen it in shops as it is definantly one of the best fantasy books I have ever read!
Jan Siegel's style of writing is beautiful and you instantly start to bond with the characters ,especially Fern, the 16 year old heroine of the tale, as I am teenager myself so it was easy to relate to her and her feelings.
I couldn't wait to read the second book 'The Dragon Charmer' which I have actually just finished reading and that was excellent too!
I'm now waiting to read the last in the triology 'Witch's Honour' even though I do not want this fabulous series to end :(
I'd recommend this book to any fantasy loving reader who likes such books as Harry Potter, Lord Of the Rings, Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen as Prospero's Children is just as fantastic and exciting as any one of them!