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Sorcerers of the Nightwing: Book 1: The Ravenscliff Series Hardcover – 1 Aug 2002

4.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: ReganBooks (Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060014253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060014254
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,074,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Geoffrey Huntington lives in a house by the sea not far from where the ghost of a pirate is said to eternally walk the cliffs in search of his lost gold. He is the author of Sorcerers of the Nightwing: Book I of the Ravenscliff Series, which introduced the world to the young sorcerer Devon March. Under another name, he is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I chose to read Sorcerers of Nightwing because of the spooky cover and the mention of a haunted mansion in the blurb. Halloween was approaching and I like to get into the spirit of things by watching sanity-curdling films, listening to Black Sabbath and hissing "GET OUUUUUT" through my neighbours' air vents. When I got my copy, I promptly lit some gothic candles (ignoring the blazing sunshine outside) and spent an entire day searching for my Headless Cross album.

You can probably tell, I was expecting to like this book. And I did. More than that, when I spend an entire day in my pyjamas without tweeting, washing, or eating anything but cheesy Wotsits, it means I loved it.

Sorcerers of Nightwing is a Young Adult book, so don't expect anything horrifically frightening, but it has what so many paranormal books lack: atmosphere. The descriptions of Ravenscliff are vivid, ambient and fun. The thunder and lightning should be a tacky cliché, but it somehow works. Spooky and mysterious, Ravenscliff is an awesome place that I wish was real. I wanted to explore it with Devon, sneak into the East Wing with him, candle flickering, bravado turned on but fully prepared to run like a Whippet and leave him behind should anything white and floaty turn the corner.

The main protagonist, Devon March, is a nice lad who I didn't want to slap even once (A true miracle). I felt intensely sorry for him, and even a little bit protective. He's suffered a trauma or two, but he's not the wallowing sort or the bad boy rebel type. He's just a young boy trying to get on and work out who he is and what his place is within Ravenscliff. His character was a refreshing change from the usual emo stereotype.
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There are lots of scary paranormal fantasy/adventures for middle grade readers, filled with chills and thrills and loaded with twisty plots and tormented but stalwart and resourceful characters. This certainly fits nicely into that category.

But, it is distinguished by the quality of the writing and by the author's restraint and patience in slow-building the tension and dread that is needed to really animate a satisfying gothic. While we are led slowly and carefully to the chills and pleasures of the story it never lags because we are carried along by the depth and elegance of the author's storytelling and his mastery of small frights and unnerving suggestion. Some younger readers have the patience to read old-fashioned gothic tales, but many find the language cumbersome or tedious. This book has a more modern freshness and efficiency, and more modern usage and situations, while still staying true to the gothic basics.

As a consequence, it seems that this could be an excellent choice for an adventurous reader interested in trying out this sort of story. The rewards are evident, and you could end up with a new fan of the genre. A very nice find.

Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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Wow.

I was recommended this book a while back but for some reason I was in no hurry to read it... When I finally got round to it, I regretted not reading it earlier.

From the very first chapter I have been captivated by this book.

The twists and turns, the mysteries, the creepy scenes, the awesome ass kicking and the beauty of a mixture of magic and horror.

There wasn't a single moment of this book I disliked and cannot wait to begin the next... Especially after that cliffhanger ending!!!!!!
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I read this book when it first came out, I've since then read it on kindle as the author re-realised it with a little modernisation (adding social networking reference and 'pop culture' references. The storey itself is really good, and keeps you guessing at every turn. It makes you just as interested in finding out Devon's history as he is. It well written and you can easily relate/come to care for the characters.

If you are into fantasy then this won't let you down and is definitely worth a read.
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I picked up this book because it was free on Amazon and so I thought I'd give it a go. I'm not sure quite what I was anticipating, but definitely something more run of the mill. I'm a little fed up of fantasy / urban fantasy recently; a lot of books blur into one in this category. However this book stood out for me and I believe will prove memorable. At the same time as I downloaded this book, I also got the first book in a trilogy from a well known YA urban fantasy writer. I haven't read the rest of her trilogy as I preferred these books and bought and read them all in three days!
The author is very good at creating suspense and mystery; the book also felt gothic and spine tingling, although not too scary! I really enjoyed the character of Devon and found him both believable and likeable.
When I finished the book, I had to go straight and buy the next two. My only concern, now I finished the books so far, is that the first book was published in 2002, the second in 2003 and the third book this October (2013)! I can't wait another 10 years for the next instalment!!! Please Mr Huntington, please start writing.
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