The thought I had inside my head when I had read the first chapter was: wow! Marcus Sedgwick is an amazing author and no book of his will ever be the same as another. This is a rare but fabulous quality of an author. This book is aimed at secondary school children but children aged 10+ should be able to manage it fairly easily. The sequel to this book is the dark flight down, other books by Marcus Sedgewick are 'my swordhand is singing' and 'Midwinter blood'. You can see his whole collection of books at: http://www.marcussedgwick.com/styled/index.html Younger readers may have also read or heard of Marcus Sedgwick's series: 'The Raven Mystery's'
Philip Reeve is highly acclaimed for his book, Mortal Engines which is a futuristic steam-punk book with moving cities and flying airships. This book is much the same however it takes place on the ground which is obviously less exciting, it also takes place in London, unlike Mortal Engines. The book is set before Reeve's first steam-punk novel and is supposed to link to events in Mortal Engines however I can't see too many of these links and the only real one is at the end. (and it's not that great to be honest) The book seems to be quite historical because it seems as though we are in the past, but we are actually in the future which is a bit surreal and strange. Reading about carts being pulled around London and archaeologists trying to use 'old tech', things like vacuum cleaners for example is just plain weird.
The story often seems to have no real destination and somethings in the book are made out to be a bigger deal than they actually are, for example…
This was a little of a disappointment in some ways, the ending chapters were a bit confusing but that didn't stop the read from being utterly compelling in every way!
I would say that a different ending would have worked well but the starting potential of the book maybe created a sense that the read would be ore than it was...
9/10 Good things for comments. Good things also for tweets to @TheOllyBookBlog
A world book day special novella has came our way with something fowl inside it... Yes I know, that was a bad joke- but then speaking of humour there isn't much in this book compared to the others. Possibly due to it's size and also because of when it is set, which is just after the first or second book. This fact is not confirmed though it is definitely early on in the Fowl adventures.
The ending of this one shows the first real sign that Artemis may not be as evil as he looks to be. This is portrayed as a twist however and a very good one too, this story is also included within the: Fowl Files book which I am yet to read, as I am with The last Guardian.
8/10 Do our views match? Do they differ? Only you know and only you can tell me. You can do this in the comments or alternatively on twitter @TheOllyBookBlog