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Thirteen-year-old Jamie O'Neill and his mother leave New York City's Harlem for an island off the coast of Ireland, where Jamie discovers that he's a lord, a descendant of the Irish Kings. Despite his muteness after losing his left arm to bone cancer, he befriends talkative, clever Ramsay. While exploring a 1000-year-old lighthouse, the boys find an ancient gold object that lets them travel to an alien planet light-years away. On Altair, a pointed-eared, eight-fingered girl named Wishaway is awaiting the return of Lord Ui Neill, whom she believes will save her world from invaders from the Alkhavans, who travel in iceships and enslave the people they conquer. Jamie finds that on Altair he still has his arm and can speak. The planet is technologically stuck in 1607 due to a scarcity of natural resources, so Jamie and Ramsay use their knowledge of chemistry to show the citizens how to make "Greek Fire" (sulfur, quicklime, and petroleum) to burn their enemies' iceships. Before they can begin to fight, everyone on the planet starts getting ill. Will they find a cure and can they defeat the Alkhavans? This science-fiction adventure story has an interesting setting. However, the plot lacks a sense of real conflict, the ending is resolved too neatly, and all but the main characters lack depth.
—Sharon RawlinsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Posted October 4, 2008
Posted June 15, 2008
omg.the lighthouse land was one of the best books i ever read. i loved it so much.i read the first page and i was hooked. i'm only on page 81 and i can't stop reading. i would so so so recommend this book to everyone ages 10-15 or older or younger.anyway it was the best book ever.thank you so much adrian mckinty (the author)you wrote one of the best books in the world.thanks so much.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 4, 2008
Posted June 17, 2007
Posted September 18, 2006
A WONDERFUL BOOK ABOUT A BOY NAMED JAMIE WHO LOSSED HIS LEFT ARM TO CANCER.JAMIE LIVES IN NEW YORK AND ONE DAY HIS MOTHER GOT A LETTER THAT SAID THAT HIS MOTHER INHERITS A SMALL ISLAND IN IRELAND.WHEN JAMIE MOVES THERE HE MAKES A FRIEND NAMED RAMSAY AND THEY DISCOVER A SECERT ROOM IN THE LIGHTHOUSE AND ACIENT ITEM THAT CAN TRANSPORT THEM TO A OTHER WORLD.THIS BOOK IS GREAT, I RECOMEND THIS BOOK TO ALL READERS.IT HAS ACTION, A BIT OF HUMOR, AND ROMANCE SO I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.