The Shadowing: Hunted

The Shadowing: Hunted

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by Adam Slater
     
 

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Once every century, the barrier between the human world and the demon realm begins to break down. Creatures gather, anxiously waiting to cross the divide, to bring death and destruction from their world to ours. This time is called The Shadowing.

Callum Scott has always known that there is a supernatural world out there—he’s seen ghosts for as long as he

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Once every century, the barrier between the human world and the demon realm begins to break down. Creatures gather, anxiously waiting to cross the divide, to bring death and destruction from their world to ours. This time is called The Shadowing.

Callum Scott has always known that there is a supernatural world out there—he’s seen ghosts for as long as he can remember. Lately, he’s had visions of children being brutally murdered by a terrifying creature. Then the visions start coming true, and Callum realizes that he’s being hunted, too.

Driven by a dark destiny, he must stand against the demons that threaten our world.

And The Shadowing is almost here. . . .

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Suanne Roush
Callum has always been able to see ghosts, but what used to be occasional sightings are becoming constant. He also has what he refers to as "the Luck," a sixth sense that warns him about trouble. Coming home one night, he feels as though he is being watched, hunted. He dreams that night of a gruesome murder of a teenaged boy and learns the next morning that it had happened. Thanks to a premonition, he saves a classmate, Melissa, from a bully's prank that would have been fatal. Melissa is a New Age, crystal—wearing believer in things that cannot be seen. She quickly realizes that Callum has abilities. Feeling accepted, he tells her about the dreams and about seeing the spirit of a large black dog and a teenaged boy in the graveyard of a nearby church. She tells him it is a "churchyard Grim" and encourages him to investigate further with her help. She becomes a translator between Callum, the Grim, and his master, Jacob, who informs Callum that he is a chime child, and that his growing abilities are to prepare him to fight in the upcoming Shadowing, when the boundaries of the mortal world and the netherworld are weakened. His abilities also have put him in danger from the Hunter who feeds on chime children. There is almost nonstop action from the first page and the tension builds steadily to the last. Fans of the paranormal will scoop this up and be clamoring for the sequel, including the most reluctant readers. Reviewer: Suanne Roush
Kirkus Reviews

Short and atmospheric, this first in a projected trilogy follows a boy who can see ghosts and the cruel, hungry creature that hunts him.

Callum lives in a cottage with his no-nonsense Gran in Nether Marlock, a mostly abandoned village separated from the small English town of Marlock by a deep, dark Wood. He has always been able to see ghosts, but as the story opens, Callum senses a more sinister presence. As he begins having gruesome premonitions and psychic nightmares, Callum attracts the interest of "that ridiculous New Age girl, Melissa Roper," a schoolmate with henna tattoos and protective crucifix necklaces, and the two team up to fight both mundane bullies and supernatural evil. Meanwhile, the Hunter seeks its prey, and short chapters from its point of view express both its hunger and the chilling delight it takes in hunting its victims. Though tension pervades, the plot sometimes feels bare-bones, and a few key shifts in the action happen too quickly to be entirely believed.

Reluctant readers, however, will be grateful for the low page count, and horror lovers will relish the bloody imagery and the genuine scariness. (Horror. 12 & up)

School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Callum Scott sees dead people. He has kept his "Luck"—the teen's self-described ability to see otherworldly beings and happenings—a secret from his sensible Gran and the kids at his small-town British school for as long as he can remember. But lately, he is seeing gruesome images in his dreams—the murdered, brutalized bodies of people his age. When these visions become realities, Callum learns some startling truths about his family and realizes that he himself is being hunted. In an author's note, Slater states that he possesses "an unhealthy love of horror films," and it shows—with plenty of bloodshed and ghastly imagery. This book certainly isn't for the squeamish. Well-paced scenes of nightmarish pursuit set in wooded lanes and deserted graveyards create a deliciously scary mood that is sustained from the story's outset to its suspenseful ending.—Sam Bloom, Groesbeck Branch Library, Cincinnati, OH

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606842614
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/13/2011
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Adam Slater doesn’t scare easily, which is lucky, because his study overlooks a graveyard. He has a degree in folkore and an unhealthy love of horror films, which inspire his writing. He lives in the United Kingdom.

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