Review: The Whisperer – moved

The Whisperer
The Whisperer by Fiona McIntosh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What if you could hear everyone else’s thoughts? All the time? And what if one of the voices you could hear was that of the Crown Prince? And What if that Crown Prince was under threat from his ambitious and ruthless uncle?
Well then. You’d have the beginnings of the story told in The Whisperer!
Griff is the boy who can hear thoughts. He works in a circus, using the distance of working in the scaffolding of the tent to find relief from the relentless onslaught of mind-chatter from his circus colleagues.
Lute is the Crown Prince. His is the strongest voice that Griff can hear, although the boys are many miles apart.

Their story forms the backbone of this original fantasy novel for younger readers. Recommended.

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Review: George and the Dragonfly – moved

George and the Dragonfly
George and the Dragonfly by Andy Blackford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A lovely book about opening your eyes to the animal life that’s in your own backyard. Perfect companion book to Ten Tiny Things.

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Review: Mr. Standfast – moved

Mr. Standfast
Mr. Standfast by John Buchan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mr. Standfast concludes the Hannay trilogy, which begins with The Thirty-Nine Steps, and continues through Greenmantle.
In this instalment, Hannay is called in to help discover the identity of a masterspy. There are the usual characters – Blenkiron and Piennar – and the addition of a female character, Mary.

The novel roams all over the British Isles, and onto the continent. There’s goodies and baddies galore, red-herrings, romance, manoeuvres and more. Buchan doesn’t disappoint. This is another cracking read.

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Review: Barnaby Grimes: Phantom of Blood Alley – moved

Barnaby Grimes: Phantom of Blood Alley
Barnaby Grimes: Phantom of Blood Alley by Paul Stewart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Barnaby Grimes is an excellent series. The characters are engaging, the plots intriguing and the world building is great. The whole is enhance by the wonderful illustrations from Chris Riddell.

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Review: Greenmantle – moved

Greenmantle by John Buchan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The continuing adventures of Richard Hannay, begun in The Thirty-Nine Steps, and concluded in Mr Standfast. John Buchan is such a classic writer, and a this a novel of its time. Be aware – this book used to terms to discribe different races that we find offensive, but it was written in the period after the war, when different values applied.
In this adventure, Richard is seconded to become a spy. He, and a number of other agents, are tasked with discovering what the Germans have planned for the area around Turkey. Richard must go deep undercover to successfully complete this mission. Can he do it? A ripping yarn.

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Review: Silvermay – moved

Silvermay by James Moloney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


James Moloney is back with a bang. This is a sweeping saga of intrigue and the power of fear, but also of courage and the power of love.

Silvermay is young. She lives in the countryside outside the large town of Vonne. She has little understanding of how cities work, but she is a skilled hawker, thanks to her father, and an astute reader of people, thanks to her mother. Silvermay’s parents embody love and rational thought, and Silvermay blossoms under their attentions.

Nerigold and Tamlyn are from Vonne. Nerigold has recently had a child, and she and Tamlyn are travelling hard and fast away from the city. When Nerigold collapses not far from Silvermay’s house after being turned away from the town inn, Silvermay’s family does not hesitate to take them in, baby Lucien included.

So begins this amazing novel, book one of a three part series. Get it, read it, love it!

(Spoiler Alert: don’t read the blurbs for the next two books which are at the end. JUST DON’T!)

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Review: Factotum

Factotum by D.M. Cornish
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is just one of the most complete, extraordinary, thoroughly written series of all time. Cornish’s attention to detail is mind-blowing, and his world-building is on a par with Tolkien (I know, I know. Please don’t email me. It’s just MHO).
Rossamund is true, and brave, and real.
Who doesn’t want to be beautiful, fearsome and clever Europe?
And I could hug Freckle to death.
Exceptional writing.

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