First night: The Gift and the Sacrifice, is the first in the series of a quadrilogy of books written by Gabriel J Klein. Aimed at teenage girls, my initial thought was how could someone twice the age enjoy this fantasy and adventure filled book; how I was proven wrong.
Upon first reading, I found it quite difficult to pick up and at times it was hard to relate to the characters in the story as they are not your every day family, yet the need to persevere with the book was overwhelming, as the intrigue that came with the story was too high to ignore.
Klein has a great way of drawing the reader in, building up the story, with short chapters that jump from character to character, keeping his audience captive in wonderment of `what will happen next'.
If you're a lover of horses, fantasy and adventure this book is perfect for you. If like me, these are not interests you would normally consider, it won't matter, this book will captivate you nevertheless.
As Klein's first book, it has left me wanting more. I see a great future in this story, with potential beyond the books themselves, on our screens whether it be TV or Cinema.
Second Night: The Spear is not due for release until August 2012, in my opinion this will be too long a wait for the next in the series.
I have just finished First Night, and eager to dive into Second Night! The story is quite, well, spellbinding! The book very deftly moves between reality and fantasy - or is it?? The veil between this world and 'the worlds within worlds' becomes though-provokingly thin the deeper you get into the story. The ancient lore of the runes and the Gods of old insinuates itself into the year in time 2011 in a way that is hauntingly believable, as the lives of Maddie's 21st century teen-aged offspring keep bumping up against something disturbingly tangible, yet unseen - at least by those who haven't been paying attention. The horses know. And, if you are a horse lover, this book will delight you with all the detail about the Galdramerar, - the 'magic mares', and life on a modern-day English estate with quite a past.