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Young fans of Narnia, Harry Potter and the Hunger Games will love this series!
on 1 August 2013
Every now and again, a new series comes along to cross the age boundaries and be enjoyed by young and old alike. The Island of fog series reminds me of CS Lewis's Narnia series, and Harry Potter, and the Hunger Games - all of which appealed to both younger and adult readers.
The story is set in a world where (like in the Narnia series) two worlds meet - our world, and the world of Fae creatures - like Dragons, Centaurs, Harpies, Ogres, Fairies, and other magical creatures.
On our world, a terrible virus has been unleashed, and 9 childless couples have been taken to an Island by someone from the faerie world, where a magical fog has protected them from the effects of the virus. They have been gifted with a chance to conceive special children, who are raised in isolation from the rest of the world, until, at aged 12, they start to develop special powers which enable them to transform into magical creatures from the world of the Fae. In the first book of the series, they begin to learn about their special powers, and to wonder about why they have not been told about them before. Are they the result of a sinister experiment, or is something else going on?
I loved this story! Initially I read the first book to see whether or not it would be a good choice for my 9 year old son. I was immediately drawn into the story myself, and am sure all my kids (2 girls age 14 and 11, and a son aged 9) will enjoy the books (My eldest daughter is already engrossed in the first one).
The books are very well written, with several strong characters. The main character is a 12 year old boy called Hal, but as the story progresses in the second book in the series, the characters of particularly Abigail, and to a slightly lesser degree Lauren, are developed nicely into strong female characters that my daughter will be able to relate to as well. The relational challenges faced by the group remind me a lot of the Harry Potter books (as do the fantastical creatures the children can shape-shift into), but at the same time the story is fresh. The pro's and con's of each particular child's special abilities are well thought through. The way they work together as a team to overcome various challenges is interesting, and shows a lot of thought from the author.
The books are an easy read - about the same level as the Narnia series, and take about 2-3 hours for a competent adult reader to finish, but are utterly engaging. I immediately bought the second in the series after finishing the first, and will do the same for the next in the series.
Buy them for your own enjoyment, as well as for your 8-14 year old kids. Highly recommended!