Sorcerers of the Nightwing: Book 1: The Ravenscliff Series (英语)
Unaware of his sorcerer heritage and unable to explain his strange powers of telekinesis and invisibility, fifteen-year-old Devon March is sent to live in the mysterious coastal mansion of Ravenscliff, where he is challenged to single-handedly fight off the evil forces of the Hellhole. Reprint.
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The book starts out with a vicious demon attack when he was a very young child. With his father's declaration that Devon is "stronger than they all are", he was able to defeat the demon by focusing his mind and will. This attack is only the beginning of what is to come in Devon's life....Fast forward to his teen years when just before his father dies, he finds out that he was adopted adding to his confusion about his life. In his father's will, Devon learns that he has a guardian and is sent to live with her at the Ravenscliff Manor. It is here where he will learn about his past, identity, and his future. His hopes for a normal life are permanently dashed when he arrives into town as he encounters stronger demons en masse and a diabolical clown who has possessed the young nephew of his stoic guardian. Will Devon find allies? Will Devon have the opportunity to uncover his past which will pave the way for his future? Who is this clown and why is it out to get him? Will his guardian reveal the truth to him and get out of denial about the hauntings at her manor?
Creepy atmosphere, diabolical clown, darkness, etc. Highly recommended!
But, it is distinguished by the quality of the writing and by the author's restraint and patience in slow-building the tension and dread that is needed to really animate a satisfying gothic. While we are led slowly and carefully to the chills and pleasures of the story it never lags because we are carried along by the depth and elegance of the author's storytelling and his mastery of small frights and unnerving suggestion. Some younger readers have the patience to read old-fashioned gothic tales, but many find the language cumbersome or tedious. This book has a more modern freshness and efficiency, and more modern usage and situations, while still staying true to the gothic basics.
As a consequence, it seems that this could be an excellent choice for an adventurous reader interested in trying out this sort of story. The rewards are evident, and you could end up with a new fan of the genre. A very nice find.
Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
Recommend? Of course!