City of Shadows (Supernatural Series Book #1)

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Twelve-year-old Davey discovers the exceptional power of his sixth sense when he explores the ancient underground city in his hometown. Here he confronts both good and bad spirits and one evil shapeshifter who follows him back to his own time to bring him to his death.

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Overview

Twelve-year-old Davey discovers the exceptional power of his sixth sense when he explores the ancient underground city in his hometown. Here he confronts both good and bad spirits and one evil shapeshifter who follows him back to his own time to bring him to his death.

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Midsummer's Eve magic turns a birthday treat into a scary adventure for Davey Williams, the 11-year-old precognitive star of Rees's (Witch Child) intriguing supernatural trilogy. Published in England in 1998, the launch title mixes ghost and faery lore with intriguing British history tidbits (such as the Plague years), when two parallel worlds intersect for four young people: Davey, his 13-year-old sister, Kate, and their twin cousins. While the four take the Haunts Tour, a tourist-type ghost trail in an old section of town, Davey accidentally enters Ghost Town via an ancient mirror, and the other three soon follow. There they discover a world where good and evil ghosts wage war and the Unseelie Court's Lady has stolen a human boy whom Davey determines to rescue. After they escape, more madness ensues when the barriers between worlds grow thin on All Hallow's Eve. The suspense runs high, and the series gets better as it goes along: A Trap in Time follows the foursome's Christmas adventures rescuing a sacred relic, and The Host Rides Out features the quartet's valiant efforts when the Lady vows revenge for Davey's interference, and the SIPPAP (Society for the Investigation of Psychic, Paranormal and Associated Phenomena) prepares a dangerous ghost-hunting apparatus ("This ray... makes the spirits materialise and then another one sucks them away again like some kind of psychic Hoover"). Great ghostly fun. Ages 9-12. (Feb.) FYI: Also available now are A Trap in Time (-81801-8); and The Host Rides Out (-81802-6). Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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The Host Rides Out, the final book in Rees' supernatural trilogy (originally published in two books as T is for Terror and S is for Shudder) has Davey, his sister Kate and twin cousins tangling with ghosts and faeries once again. At Easter the kids encounter a ghostbuster who has a machine that can actually kill ghosts, and the children have to save their friends. They succeed, but Davey is enspelled by the evil Fairy Queen, and on Midsummer Night his family and ghost friends have to save him before they lose him forever. The ending, which puts a definite end to the series, seems somewhat contrived, but the characters are engaging and overall this is a good series for middle school fans of magic. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 1998, Hodder & Stoughton, dist. by Trafalgar Square, 212p., Root
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Born on a Friday at the stroke of midnight, Davey Williams is a "chime child" whose strange powers and extraordinary perceptions allow him to see ghosts and other supernatural beings. When Davey, his sister and their twin cousins take a "ghost tour" in the historic ruins that underlie their English hometown, they literally stumble into an alternate world peopled by ghosts-some good, some evil-and members of the Unseelie Court, a band of capricious, often malicious fairies. For the next year, from Midsummer to Midsummer, Davey and his family and friends wage a struggle against evil, pitting themselves against ill-intentioned ghosts and the Lady, daughter of the Unseelie leader. Although the world Rees creates is convincing, folkloric elements serve primarily to drive the plot and lack consistency with traditional lore. Rees, author of the convincing Witch Child (2001) and its sequel, Sorceress (not reviewed) skillfully sustains an atmosphere of menace, provides a varied cast of villains and creates brave, likable child heroes. Plotting for the trilogy's six episodes follows a formula, and the three books are best read in turn since each sequel builds on the action of the previous title. The resolution of the series is pat, but ultimately satisfying. This will gratify young devotees of dark fantasy with its deliciously scary and compelling stories. (Fiction. 10-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340818008
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: Supernatural Series
  • Edition description: BIND-UP ED
  • Pages: 248
  • Age range: 12 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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