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Triskellion Paperback – 4 Feb 2008
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Wow! Step aside Harry Potter...make way for Triskellion and my new heroes, Rachel and Adam. Gripping edge-of-the-seat, page-turning brilliance! Fantastically exciting and really scary too. Pure magic! Holly, age 10 A thumping good read...Tony Robinson and the Time Team meets the iPod generation. More like this, please! Jan, school librarian Fantasy ... history ... all thrown into one by Will Peterson. The result? Nothing other than a bone-chilling read that won't let you go. JJ, age 12 One of the best books I have read for ages. Dominic, age 12 With nail-biting suspense, a gripping mystery and a paranormal twist, this book will enthral readers aged nine and above. Norwich Evening News I loved this book, I couldn't put it down; it was fabulous. It had a strange plot with many possible interesting outcomes. It will keep you guessing until the very end. -- Jessica Gill, aged 12 First News An archeological mystery with a paranormal twist. The Herald
The first extraordinary novel in a new trilogy, combining nail-biting suspense, gripping mystery and archaeological adventure with a paranormal twist.See all Product description
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From the moment of their arrival, the twins are treated with suspicion and hostility, with every building in town marked by a strange "symbol of three intersecting crescents forming a continuous pointed clover leaf, bound by a large circle." It is from this symbol (a triskellion) that the village takes its name.
Essentially cut off from civilization with no telephone, Internet, and hardly any television, the boys' suspicions deepen further after the pair meets Gabriel - a boy their age who seems to vanish at will. When a communiqué of the local beekeeper thrusts the isolated hamlet into the spotlight, Adam and Rachel discover there's more than a town's secret at stake as their entire world is rocked to its foundation.
Will Peterson makes his young adult debut with a page-turning, nail-biting, two-for-one special. Part paranormal, part mystery, TRISKELLION is unlike any other book in its genre. Peterson explores legends of the past, the psychic connection between twins, archaeology, and prophecy in one fell swoop.
While I still don't understand the significance of the bees, or how they're tied to certain characters' psychic abilities, and I was somewhat disappointed to find more questions than answers at the end, TRISKELLION kept me up for three nights straight, desperate to find out what happened. Good thing there's a sequel.
Reviewed by: Cat
The prologue was OK but by the time I had gotten a quarter of the way through the book and nothing much had happened I was more than willing to put it down. The characters, for example, seemed more like paper dolls than real people. I just couldn't engage with them.
I hate being so critical of books because I know from personal experience how hard they are to write but I don't want people to spend their time and effort reading something that isn't really worth it.
This novel tries to be a bit of everything - part paranormal story, part action adventure, part archaeological and ancient lesson - but doesn't do justice to its aims. The introduction of the twins' telepathy powers is sudden and used too conveniently. Gabriel with his own powers should be more interesting than he is, but his motives are never questioned and his apparent role as guiding the twins towards the fulfilment of a prophecy that is never really explained is frustrating. The villains should stand out more than they do. Hilary never really rises above the petulant and the arrogant and self-serving TV archaeologist Chris Dalton too buffoonish to be much of a threat.
Peterson does well in portraying the sinister underbelly of the village early on, particularly its hostility to the twins but never seems to capitalise it, mainly because he portrays political lines that are never fully developed. There are some nicely gruesome deaths, notably one involving a character being stung to death by bees but they don't involve characters who the reader cares about one way or another. Bizarrely it isn't until over half way through the book that it becomes clear what the triskellion actually is - Peterson emphasises its shape but not what it is.
There's a prologue for the second in the trilogy at the end of this book which points at more sinister goings on to come but without interesting central characters to care about it's difficult to see why anyone would want to read on. It's an okay read and the pace is well maintained, but the truth is that there are better paranormal adventures out there that are more exciting to read and with central characters who face dilemmas that the reader can care about.
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