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Another Horowitz cracker!,
This review is from: Nightrise (Power of Five book 3) (Paperback)
When I first saw The Power of Five series I was surprised. Why should Horowitz begin another series when he was doing so well with the Alex Rider series? Here's why. The idea of magical kids with superpowers has been exploited many a time, most of the time these idea's turn out to be utter rubbish. But the thing with The Power of Five series is that is does have kids with superpowers, but it's written in a realistic way! It's almost as if you can picture a Scott and Jamie Tyler strolling down the street outside your house! The idea of kids with powers often ends up them saving the world in a heroic way, then being plastered on the front page of a newpaper under a headline like "A HERO WATCHING OVER US!". The kids in The Power of Five series have their powers for a reason and the ememy they face is of a mystical, terrible force. Nightrise is the third installment of The Power of Five series. Raven's Gate and Evil Star were both fantastic, but Nightrise is of another quality! I don't think Matt Freeman was sorely missed, yes he is a great charcater and will certainly be a major part in the remainder of the series but the fact that Horowitz repositioned the spotlight on two more of the five added something different to the book. Instead of sticking with Freeman, Horowitz let's you learn more about two more of the five, but without losing the plot of the story. This makes Nightrise exciting from the first letter to the end, I believe that it outstrips the previous two books and The Alex Rider series taboot! The only downside is that I'd have thought that there would have been more to the battle against the old ones in the past. However I'm glad it didn't drag on! If you enjoy gripping reads with a supernatural edge I'd recommend this book!