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By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Time fantasy is occasionally exciting.

Book Eoin McNamee Fantasy 2007
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Adult author Eoin McNamee pens an intermittently exciting variation on an archetypal fantasy theme for his first children's book. The details are imaginative, but unclear. Who the Harsh are, where the Resisters came from, how it all works -- none of this is really explained. This might be less noticeable if the characters were more compelling, but they're mostly flat and interchangeable.

The ending is even more mystifying than the rest of the story. The action is fun at times, though it sometimes drags, and there are hints that there might be more backstory than the author is letting on. This is intended to be the first of a series, but it doesn't leave the reader panting for more. It might appeal to fantasy fanatics who have run out of more compelling fare.

Book Details

  • Author: Eoin McNamee
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publication date: January 9, 2007
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 342
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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