5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Brian, His Grandad & the Cup of Ages (The Brian Pankhurst Books Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
When eleven year old Bryan is send to live with his grandparents after his father's disappearance, he suspects that there is something strange about the kind-hearted but slightly obnoxious elderly couple and their overstuffed house. Soon, he realizes that strange doesn't begin to describe his situation, as his grandparents are kidnapped in the middle of the night, and he is taken by two monsters to the magical city of Coffinsgrave, travelling through bookcases. In Coffinsgrave, along with his new friends Norman, Audrey and Violet, he learns incredible things about his magical inheritance and embarks on a perilous adventure, determined to save the magical community, find his father, and reunite with his grandparents.
The book is well written and the plot is imaginative and gripping. The characters, especially the four children, are well developed and believable, and I definitely think that young readers can identify with them. The story beautifully conveys the message that friendship, bravery and determination conquer all. Also, I thought that the idea to use books and bookcases to travel from place to place, was brilliant and very original.
I don't usually like to compare books, but as I can see that some enthusiastic reviewers here found this better than the Harry Potter series, I could not resist the temptation. The influence in both plot and characters is undeniable, and the book does aim at J.K. Rowling's readers, who miss Harry Potter, after the end of the series, but I wouldn't go as far as to say that it is better.
Although I enjoyed reading this book, I found the ending a little disappointing and I am worried that it might even be disturbing for some young readers, so I think it is best for parents to read this book before giving it to their children.
I was given a free copy by the author, but that did not influence my opinion in any way.