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The Warrior in the Mist: The Invaders are Coming. The Battle is About to Begin. Paperback – 24 Aug 2017
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'A thrilling page turner.' --(Gill Lewis, author of Sky Hawk and White Dolphin)
About the Author
Ruth Eastham is an award-winning author from the UK. Her debut novel, The Memory Cage, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, and won the Inspiration Book Award. Teachers voted it best story in the UK Literacy Association Book Award, and it won and was shortlisted for many other regional prizes. The Memory Cage was also nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal. Her second book, The Messenger Bird, won and was shortlisted for many local authority book prizes and its Enigma Code themes made it a featured book at the famous Bletchley Park. Ruth is a popular speaker in schools, in the UK and abroad, fascinating children with the real life mysteries and dramas behind these and her other books: Arrowhead, The Jaguar Trials and, her latest novel, The Warrior in the Mist. Ruth has lived in New Zealand, Australia and Italy and has two daughters.
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It was an entertaining read about a gang of kids trying to stop a fracking company with the help of Queen Boudicca. The story whipped along at a fair pace, keeping you enthralled and not letting you go.
The gang of three, Aiden, Emmi and Jon, were engaging and likeable and there was a neat little twist at the end too.
Both my children and I really enjoyed this book.
It’s skilfully written and once you start it you will not want to put it down!!
We are all looking forward to her next book.
Aiden has a strong friendship network in Jon and Emmi and I loved that while Jon has a scientific approach, Emmi is more open to the unexplained 🙂 I was intrigued by Emmi’s cousin Robbie. Even though we don’t see him much in the story he is a key person to the mystery that unfolds. I loved his connection to the earth and nature.
The three children set out on their quest to prove where Boudicca’s tomb is. There’s a race against time to find it before the controlled explosions for the fracking begins and even with the help they receive from paranormal sources I wasn’t sure whether they would make it and survive. Setbacks happen in some thrilling scenes – I could smell the burning in the museum and felt myself tensing underground alongside the characters. Brilliant! I didn’t see the twist coming. I didn’t think it was who we were led to believe it was however I didn’t for one moment even have the other person in mind for the anti-hero. Clever.
I loved the writing (which made this a visual read for me):
The evening shadows clung to the buildings on the outskirts of town … (page 74)
You can just picture the scene!
There was another strong message that readers will take away from The Warriors in the Mist and that is no matter how the odds appear to be stacked against you, don’t give up. Be persistent. Be creative in problem solving and think BIG. I love a story that builds resilience 🙂
Highly recommended … and that’s for adults who enjoy myth and adventure as well as children/young people.
I was given a copy of this book for a fair and honest review.
I wouldn't normally have considered reading this book as it is clearly aimed at a young readership of perhaps 9 onwards. I sat down with it in the early evening - and had to keep reading it later until well past my bedtime!
I was raised on Enid Blyton's adventure series, and I know she gets a lot of flack now but her books succeeded because she put brave and good children at the centre of the tale, they followed their instincts and triumphed over evil after putting themselves in spine-tingling danger. This book has all of that but it's much, much more.
The writing lifts it above simple children's adventure books:
'Aiden followed Emmi's gaze across the fields; the irrigation channels along their edges, mist catching the light like silver stitiching.'
The characters are well-drawn and the plotline pitches a modern threat to the locality (fracking) against wonderfully brought to life history in the supernatural element of Boudicca and her daughters.
And then there's the red herrings and the plot twist I didn't see coming until the last moment.
I genuinely believe that this is one of those books that will capture a young reader's imagination and leave him or her hungry to read more. I loved it!
As Aiden and his friends are part of the unsuccessful final demonstrations against the fracking, he sees something odd, two blue lights in the mist. Then one of their friends is hit by a car, and it would seem an item that friend had just handed in to the museum has gone missing. An item which could be an armlet from Boudicca or one of her daughters. The friends track the clues left behind and uncover an empty underground chamber. The race is on to find exactly what is there before the blast shockwaves damage the rock formations around it.
Aimed at key stage 2 or early key stage 3, this is a good read. It is exciting, and has some fascinating details about the Celtic defence led by Boudicca against the Romans. It is a book that could inspire readers to want to know more about that time period of history, and has a particularly good description of the final battle.
Highly recommended. It is a great book to have available for that age group, and it will keep them wanting to turn the page.