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Blurb (from Goodreads):
It’s the 1950’s. Sammy is a quiet loner who has recently suffered personal tragedy. At the bottom of a wardrobe he finds a dusty old book which his dad brought back from the war. Unbeknown to him it is an ancient magical book possessing massive powers. Also unknown to him evil people in far off lands are searching for the book.
The streetwise Mog is Sammy’s best friend. Unlike Sam he’s practical and nobody’s fool. Sam’s teacher is always taking the mickey out of him. A new girl, Lucy, arrives at their school. There begins a mysterious attraction between Sam and Lucy. Sam is confused by Lucy and by the new powers he seems to possess.
The wicked Queen Obeah learns that Sammy has the magic book and is determined to retrieve it at whatever cost. Supported by his friends, Sam has to fight against the queen’s beautiful sister and her vile servant, the fat man.
Sammy makes mistakes along the way and has to overcome his own fears. He is fascinated by Miss Rose his enchanting new teacher. He falls out with Lucy. The school mysteriously burns down. Mog and Lucy rescue his book.
Sam’s grandad takes Sammy and Mog on a train trip to the seaside. Sam dreams about seeing his footprints in the sand leading back to when he was a little child. He goes out for a walk on his own and strangely finds Lucy here by the waterfall. It is then that he comes face to face with Queen Obeah in the final volcanic confrontation on Forge Mountain.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Troubador Publishing Ltd and NetGalley.)
This was an okay short fantasy story, which I’m guessing is aimed at the younger end of a young adult audience.
Sammy was an alright character, although he didn’t always do the right thing. He came across as maybe 12 years old? Not really sure what his actual age was. Sammy was a little hot-headed at times though, and I wasn’t always sure what he was going on about.
The storyline in this was interesting, although I liked the moments with the Queen and the fantasy side of the story more than the everyday happenings in Sammy’s life, and I kind-of wished there was more on the fantasy aspect rather than the rest of the story. There was one scene with the Queen which was a little gruesome though.
The ending was okay, although I found it a little confusing. I don’t think I’d want to read a sequel.
6 out of 10.