BONE QUILL by JOHN AND CAROLE E BARROWMAN.
"The blackness! It is seeping towards us ....."
A faceless stranger is close to finding out the key that opens Hollow Earth: a supernatural place that holds all the monsters ever imagined.
Twins Matt and Emily Calder have special powers - they can bring art to life. But can they find their missing mother and protect the key - an ancient bone quill - even if it means travelling back through time? Then Matt takes a fateful decision, one that forces him to make a terrible choice.
Save his family?
Or save the world?
..... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Part 1, Chapter 1): The battle for control of the Calder twins' imaginations began on the afternoon of their third birthday.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 50): "..... I bet if we followed the river downstream, we might actually find Claude Monet with his easel. We might even be the thin figures on the pier that he is painting right at this very moment."
MY THOUGHTS: Part two in the Hollow Earth series (see my review of the first book, Hollow Earth, HERE) much as I liked John And Carole Barrowman's first offering I loved this.
Continuing the adventures of Animare twins Emily (Em) and Matt Calder and their cousin Zach, I thought Bone Quill a more exciting, fast-paced, adventure-filled read that once started I found difficult (no, make that impossible) to put down.
Set not just in modern day Scotland but also the middle ages, I found it so easy to lose myself in what is after all a wonderfully imagined novel that manages to seamlessly combine two essentially very different worlds with some quite scary monsters and memorable characters - not to give too much away but I thought the mention of founder of French impressionist painting Claude Monet a hilarious addition.
Much more confidently written, Bone Quill is just as likely to be enjoyed by boys as girls, the more mature as well as the young, my only complaint, if you can call it that, being that ending on a cliffhanger as it did we face the possibility of having to wait until February 2014 (Hollow Earth was released February 2012, Bone Quill, February 2013) to find out what happens next.
One final thing ...... Best read after Hollow Earth.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: Purchased from Amazon.co.uk, without a doubt I'll be keeping this.
NB. The dates given refer to the publication dates here in the UK.
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