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Posted December 29, 2013
First off, anyone buying this should be aware that the first two books in this series were originally published in the early 2000's in the US, but then the american publisher went under and it's taken about a decade for the author to find a new publisher.
Having now found one, the author has gone through and made changes to the original three books (the third one got published in Europe) in order to make it more "updated" for teen audiences today, as opposed to the teen audiences from when it was originally published.
These updates are what is really the issue with what was originally a fantastic book with a great mystery and a creepy/Buffy-the-Vampire-Slayer-campy plot. The author has gone through and added in random pop culture references that make you cringe whenever you read, and has turned the main character from an internalizing brooder to someone who posts "I want attention" Facebook statuses and gets upset when nobody likes or responds to him.
The author has also gone through and changed the tense of the book from the present tense that it was originally written in, to the past tense. I personally think the present tense gave the book a creepier feel, but really I only mention this as being an issue because after the author went through and made this change, either he didn't go through and proofread it afterwards, or he did so very quickly in order to rush the book to the publisher. The book is riddled with typos, inconsistencies, and instances where a single sentence will still be written in the present tense because the author missed it during his rewrite.
The book is written under a pseudonym, and either the original author was forced by some "marketing expert" to make the book more applicable to modern teens if he wanted to be published, or else maybe the original author gave up on the series and let someone else take over who isn't up to par yet. I see no reason why this series couldn't continue to be set in the late 90's/early 2000's, before every teen had a cell phone and social media kicked in.
All that being said, this is still one of my favorite series and I've been waiting years for it to be continued and am happy that it is, even with the questionable rewrites. I would rate the original 3 books five stars, but bump that down to three stars for these rewrites due to the unnecessary edits. If you can, find a way to get ahold of the original two american versions of the books, which come with some pretty cool illustrations as well.
I will still be reading the entirety of the series as it comes out (apparently the author has plans for about ten books), as I think the mystery of the plot does a great job of setting up questions that as a reader you really get invested in to finding out, even though the rewritten versions have a habit of listing those questions over and over, as if the reader is too dumb to remember what they were. Hopefully the author will get back into stride with future books, and take his time more and not rush through the writing or editing process while also dialing back on the pop culture references or at least making them feel more natural and less awkward.
Looking forward to the rest of the series.
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Posted April 6, 2014
The original version of the book i adored and when i found it in the store i nearly jumped with excitement! Then i started reading... I never remember devon getting upset cause his facebook status had no likes, not to mention the reference of ipads and hulu. Like what happened? Did the author go through and add modern day things? Pointless and in my opion a bad decision. Not to mention the number of typos i counted and terrible one liners that werent there before. None the less still a favorite book of mine but would love to own the original.
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Posted August 12, 2013
I wrote the review for book 1 on book 2. I found the second book frustrating as it spent more time than necessary referring to the first book. So frustrating and such a waste of time. I may buy the 3rd book, or not. If it goes beyond 3 books, I'm over it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 12, 2013
Posted February 6, 2012
I began reading this book about 7 years ago in highschool, never got to finish it and had since forgotten the name. Yet even though the name had since faded, the vivid imagery has stayed with me as though it were haunting me. Truely fasinating and remarkable and absolutely spell-binding. As I said this book if you can call this masterpiece something as simple as a 'book', provides amazingly vivid and lasting memories.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 8, 2009
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If you've ever thought 'my life's a living hell' then you've got to read Geoffrey Huntington's Sorcerers of the Nightwing. Hell literally knocks on Devon March's door - his closet door to be exact. All the hordes of hell seek to drag him into their fiery depths. He knows he has the power to defeat a demon or two and to cast them back into their hellholes but he doesn't understand why. The key to Devon's future lies in his past but the time to learn of his heritage is quickly running out. The Madman, an evil sorcerer bent on ruling the world, knows Devon's powers better than he does. Will he uncover the truth of his heritage in time to save the world from the Madman? Does he even possess the power needed to defeat him? He'll have to go into the very depths of hell to find out. Of course, getting into hell won't be a problem for Devon. The question is . will he be strong enough to fight his way back out?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 16, 2006
Come on now if the cover doesn't attract your attention you'll be blown away by the story. Just the title amazings me. This is a book no one should miss. It's good from the start to the end!!!!Seriously every word, sentence, paragraph is worth the reading. I read this book in the beginning of 8th grade and I still haven't gotten the blast it gave me. He's an amazing writer and hooks you before you even realize. Read Sorcerers of the Nightwing and the second on. I hope he keeps writing as much parts of the series as possible!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 17, 2006
this book is the best i have read yet. it is because of this book that showed me that reading could be fun and thrilling. it also got me in trouble because i could not put it down, whether or not it was in class or in my house. this series is exiting, thrilling and the best i have read. it needs to be read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2005
I dont know what Ian Kappos is talking about, but Geoffrey Huntington's Ravenscliff series is the best series I've ever read. I mean it. Geoffrey Huntington has a unique style. It completely grabs my attention and I'm a huge nerd for reading in the hallways while walking to my next class so its not like i don't know what i'm talking about when it comes to good books. Name a book and I've probably read it, but this series is by far the best I've read...(next to Stephen King's Dark Tower series). But really, Geoffrey Huntington, send the 3rd book out already!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 7, 2005
I LOVED this book! If anyone says it's bad, well don't listen to them!I tought it had a great sence of adventure and makes you want to NEVER put down the book, i know i have tried, but it was very difficult to...The second book, Demon Witch is also great!!! I think it's even bettter then the first!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 18, 2004
I enjoyed reading this book. At first I thought it was just another book about haunted houses and ghosts. But it was more than that. Just interesting details and vivid writing, I can't stop seeing pictures in my head. This book should become a movie!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 2, 2004
Posted November 3, 2003
Rather like the Harlequin romance novel of the teen fantasy genre - good, but whenever anyone walks over you feel the urge to hide the cover. That said, it was quite involving and despite being 421 pages long, a fast read. I'll definitely look for the sequel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 12, 2003
Posted October 28, 2003
This is one of the best books I have ever read, and I read alot! It reminds me alot of Harry Potter, but the charactors' personalitys are better discribed in this book. I give it 5+ stars and hope the second book is as good!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted November 16, 2009
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