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Ravenwood Paperback – 5 May 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906427461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906427467
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A powerful fantasy adventure fuelled by an eerie magic written by a dramatic storyteller. Magic, mystery and adventure are tightly fused in this thrilling and original drama. It's lyrical and thought-provoking, whilst being hugely enjoyable. --Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids

This fantasy adventure has a wonderfully original setting... It's humorously told at a cracking pace, exploring deeper themes of ecology, conservation and power. --The Bookseller

An action-packed adventure story set in the branches of giant trees; a meticulously imagined civilisation with its own religion and myths; political treachery and intrigue; heroism, and battles to the death. No wonder then that it is being described as an epic. --Andrea Reece, Books for Keeps

About the Author

ANDREW PETERS was born in Hildesheim, Germany, and raised in London, England. He has been climbing up and talking to trees ever since childhood. He now lives in Shropshire, England, with his wife and two children of their own. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


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Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I'm going to be honest. I received this under the Vine programme and its the first book that I couldn't finish. Lots of toilet humour and as an adult I can see political humour/references plus pagan references that would likely go over the head of the age group its written for..which I'm guessing 10+. Because I couldn't finish it...bored me...I'm not going to really go in for a full review.
What I did read made me think of the market that it would appeal to, pre-teen and teenage boys/girls who are at that toilet humour stage.
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After looking at the cover of this book I was expecting something dark and eerie, but the book is a bit of a mish-mash. The story is quite unique and had a lot of (possibly wasted) potential. The main characters are young (fourteen) and didn't feel particularly fleshed out, the narrative was fairly simple for the most part and felt aimed at a young reader. However some of the content, such as the regular use of the word "Squit" to replace a certain four-letters swear word seemed woefully inappropriate to the intended age range.

The story is set in the last forest island in the world, somewhere in the distant future where a piece of bark is worth more than gold. The first half, or so of the book was filled with an endless array of wood/plant based word puns which became very irritating and juvenile very quickly and would have made me give up reading had it not been on the Vine scheme.

The last quarter of the book did seem to fall into its stride nicely with a more mature tone, less word puns and a more believable hero along with a surprisingly moving ending to the tale. My only wish is that the first three quarters of the book could have been written in the same style.

A good ending, but quite an effort to read that far.
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A huge sprawling world, high in the treetops, put together from ropes and scaffolding. This is Arborium, the home of our hero Ark Malikum. Ark is a plumber, who after overhearing a plot against Arborium is forced to go on a journey to tell the king and save this treetop world.

The imagery of this is fantastic, however unfortunately this is where my interest in the book stops. Do not go into this expecting one of those 'young adult' novels that in fact appeals to both young and old alike. This book is very definitely aimed squarely at an audience of 10+, and the writing does nothing to dissuade you of this fact.

The characters in this book are all pretty one-dimensional, and nothing is really done to flesh them out at any point, and the humour contained in the book is mainly of the toilet variety, which admittedly is to be expected when the main character is a young boy who is also a plumber.

By all means give this book to the kids to read; I'm sure they'll get a laugh or two out of it. But don't expect much more than that.
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This book deals with two adolescent boys as they attempt to foil an evil plot against their treetop kingdom. Because Ark and Mucum are sewage workers, the book- especially at the beginning- has plenty of toilet humour and wackiness, and comes across as a slightly more well-behaved Terry Pratchett book.

The story is lively and, in the end, quite moving but any sentimentalism is cut through with cheerful vulgarity and with the constant tree-based puns scattered throughout the book (for instance, instead of "bloody hell", they say "buddy hell", and so on).

Issues discussed include adoption, the loss of the natural world to pollution, and living an honourable life. There's some interesting threads of anti-authoritarianism/anti-capitalism in here which almost offers a primer in these concepts, but at the same time it's an adventure romp which will appeal to reluctant male readers from about 8 upwards, depending on their reading comprehension.
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This book is one of the best reads I have had in a LONG time. It captivated me from the start, and I really am looking forward to the sequel. This book will grip you and you will want to read the next chapter just to find out what happens after the thrilling cliffhangers. The characters are unique, unlike the characters in most books these days, and overall I would tell anyone interested in fantasy, adventure or just a good book to read this.

Looking forward to the next one, as I said. Good work !
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This year, there has been a distinct lack of magical/fantasy books that have been published. Within the UK, they are especially few and far between - perhaps this genre is now considered to be out of fashion or perhaps the current standard of writing (in this particular genre) is not considered high enough to be published. However, whatever the reasons, Ravenwood (thank goodness) has found enough light between the trees to grow into the hands of the public. Although I recognise that some readers may find this book hard to understand, for me, it leads to a tantalising rush of the imagination.

The story has a secure footing in the reaches of a magical experience. It is a fantasy ride set high in the tree tops of a parallel world. This last surviving place is a mysterious world of people and creatures, who all go about their daily life secure in the knowledge and understanding of each other. That is, until one dark day . . . . . .

Ark Malikum, the main character of the book, reminds me of Mario. He finds himself well and truly knee deep in the brown stuff, when he happens to overhear a plot to destroy the city. As a result, an action-packed adventure begins full of danger, discoveries and new found friends.

This book has a witty charm running through it. The author has cleverly woven wood-related themes through the story, as timely interjections, such as "buddy holly" and "totally conkers" which made me chuckle along the way. I was also able to appreciate the religious theme; giving the story a vivid past and enhancing the cleverly structured world of Aborium.

The book is a really good read. It encompasses events such as unblocking drains to danger, within the blink of an eye.
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