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The Society of Thirteen Paperback – 3 Oct 2013
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An exciting read with fantastic characters and a terrific blend of mystery, history and magic. -- Clare Poole * The Bookseller (Children's Bookseller's Choice) *
An exciting read with fantastic characters and a terrific blend of mystery, history and magic. (Clare Poole The Bookseller (Children's Bookseller's Choice))See all Product description
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The writing is beautiful and really brings everything to life and the characters, oh my - how varied and fascinating, my particular favourite was Mr Hayman. Also Mondriat and Olwyn need a mention, especially Olwyn - clever. The ending to this book is so brilliant.
There are a lot of main characters in The Society of Thirteen and I think maybe there are a few too many. Don't get me wrong, they are really interesting and I'd probably be hard pressed to choose who shouldn't be in this book but I didn't care as much about Esther and Tom as I wanted and I'm wondering if that's because I too distracted by everyone else.
High enjoyable, mysterious and wonderful, The Society of Thirteen is a book well worth reading but if you asked me I'd still tell you to read Constable & Toop first.
Tom and Esther are two thirteen year old street urchins. They left the hideous orphanage to live on the streets of London but it’s a mean place. They survive by pick pocketing the wealthy folks of Bloomsbury and other posh parts of the city. But one day, they try their luck on Lord Ringmore. Yet it doesn’t turn out how they planned. Lord Ringmore hires them as messengers. Esther is pleased by this honest turn of fortune. But Tom doesn’t trust the strange man. He’d rather chance a life of petty crime. Lord Ringmore has his own unique agenda. Seeking the truth behind the existence of magic, a book crosses his path and offers an insight into the mystery. But who sent the book to him and to what end?
This is dark magic, sinister and dangerous. The story centres on the mysterious book and how it may have the power to unlock the secrets of magic. The characters in the Society of Thirteen have their own motivations for seeking real magic. It makes for exciting reading. The author’s clever plotting and characterisation creates a really exciting ending.
This book is wonderfully rich with language. It’s full of theatre vocabulary, magic vocabulary and historical vocabulary. It’s definitely the sort of book for more confident readers (10+) and those who like their fantasy novels that bit darker.
There’s also an interesting interweaving of religious ideas in this book. Some of the characters are fervently religious and yet they act in many selfish and uncharitable ways. And then, there is the study of the occult and the search for magic. Perhaps some readers will be uncomfortable with this but it certainly didn’t promote any demonic values or encourage one to join a cult.
Overall, a really enjoyable read. The chapter length was perfect to keep you reading on. The characterisation was entertaining and exotic, the plot thrilling. The Society of Thirteen is full of twists and the unexpected just like a magic show.
Read it if you enjoyed:
The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick
The Black Book of Secrets by F E Higgins
This is a super follow-up to Jones' Constable and Toop. Highly recommended for readers who revel in the dark and spooky.