Sorcerers of the Nightwing: Book 1: The Ravenscliff Series

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Every kid fears the monsters in the closet -- but for Devon March, the monsters are all too real. Horrible things come slithering out across his floor, determined to drag him with them back down their Hellhole. But Devon is no ordinary young man. He can move objects with his mind, summon incredible strength, disappear at will -- and that's only what he has discovered he's capable of so far. Yet his powers -- and the demons in his closet -- remain for him unexplained mysteries. At fourteen, Devon is sent to live ...
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Overview

Every kid fears the monsters in the closet -- but for Devon March, the monsters are all too real. Horrible things come slithering out across his floor, determined to drag him with them back down their Hellhole. But Devon is no ordinary young man. He can move objects with his mind, summon incredible strength, disappear at will -- and that's only what he has discovered he's capable of so far. Yet his powers -- and the demons in his closet -- remain for him unexplained mysteries. At fourteen, Devon is sent to live at Ravenscliff, a dark seaside mansion, where he learns the first part of the secret of his powers: he is a sorcerer of the Order of the Nightwing, a three-thousand-year-old tradition of mysticism and magic that fascinates Devon with its fabled history. But Devon's new family, the Muirs, forbids him from discovering any more about his heritage, inexplicably terrified of what that knowledge might bring.

At Ravenscliff, Devon must contend not only with the demons but with a strange, precocious eight-year-old boy who may prove to be the link to the most fearful demon of all: the Madman, who wants to unleash the creatures of the Hellhole for his own malevolent gain. Ravenscliff is built over one of the largest Hellholes in the world, and the uninitiated Devon must fight off the demons with the help of his new friends from Misery Point High -- including the dazzling Cecily Crandall, raised at Ravenscliff and the holder of a few secrets herself. Sorcerers of the Nightwing marks the debut of a compelling new fantasy-horror series, evoking a richly detailed and fully realized world of sorcerers and mystics, haunted houses and shadowed terrors, and the ever-present threat of the ancient creatures of the Hellhole.

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Devon March has always known that he is different. Devon's monsters in the closet are real, and he also has certain unreliable magic-like powers. When his father dies, fourteen-year-old Devon is sent to live with strangers in a spooky mansion called Ravenscliff. He makes friends quickly with Cecily, whose mother, Mrs. Crandall, owns the house. Everyone at Ravenscliff and in the aptly named town of Misery Point freely admit that the place is haunted, but they assure Devon that the ghosts are not harmful. Devon's arrival, however, sets something off. Demons that have always dogged his steps are attacking more often, and the ghosts are proving themselves quite dangerous. Devon learns much-but not everything-about who he is. He is a Sorcerer of the Nightwing, perhaps the strongest, and his father was actually only his guardian. Devon tries to be a normal teenager while delving into his past, protecting Cecily's young cousin from the ghost of a sorcerous madman, and following Mrs. Crandall's inexplicable rules. Not as charming or as breathtakingly inventive as J. K. Rowling's series nor as witty and resilient as the Buffy books, this novel is still well-constructed fun. Less horror than creepy fiction, it features some fine suspense with old-fashioned demon fighting thrown in. Any teen who visits the Web site will be pounding on the library door moments later demanding the book. There are some slow points and obviously constructed cliffhangers. At times, the teens talk even less like real teenagers than Buffy and company, but what teen does not want to sound like that? For once, the "Book I" under the title is a welcome sight rather than a threat. The quote from R. L. Stine on the cover cannothurt. VOYA CODES: 4Q 5P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, HarperCollins, 279p,
— Timothy Capehart
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Devon March and his father appear perfectly normal, but are really Nightwings, members of an ancient group who use their powers of good to send escaped demons back to the Hellholes that contain them within. After his father's death, fourteen-year-old Devon discovers that he was adopted, and he possesses a special destiny as the Nightwing's hundredth-generation child. Moreover, he must now live with his chosen guardians, the mysterious and troubled Muir-Crandall family. Together, they reside in an isolated, haunted mansion named Ravenscliff. Also living at Ravenscliff is an Apostate, a Nightwing turned evil, who pursues Devon. Soon other Nightwings appear, and Devon begins a roller-coaster ride of thrilling, frightening adventures as he battles demons and investigates Ravenscliff's mysteries, and learns that all of them, including the menacing Apostate, are somehow tied to his own murky past and future. Mystery and fantasy fans, as well as reluctant readers, will find this novel difficult to put down. It ends with tantalizing unsolved mysteries, but as Book I in The Ravenscliff Series, this one sets up readers for its sequels. 2002, Regan Books/HarperCollins, 278 pp., Hazlett
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-All his life, Devon March, 14, has known he has special talents and that the monsters under the bed and in the closet are real. On his deathbed, his father confesses that Devon is adopted and must seek his identity and future. He is sent to live at Ravenscliff, a seaside estate with secrets of its own, under the guardianship of Mrs. Amanda Muir Crandall. He learns that he is a sorcerer in the Order of the Nightwing, an order that uses mysticism and magic to guard Hellholes and defend against the evil spirits of the world. He is attracted to Cecily Crandall, a likable teen, thus lending a touch of romance to the story. Possessed by an evil ancestor, Cecily's younger cousin, Alexander Muir, almost overshadows Devon's role as protagonist and often provides the plot twists that move the story along. This first book in a new series is a dark, moody, and sometimes frightening tale with many questions and few answers. If some of the important information is too long in coming, readers will lose interest.-Molly S. Kinney, Office of Public Library Services, Atlanta, GA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060014254
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: Ravenscliff Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Huntington lives in a house by the sea not far from where the ghost of a pirate is said to eternally walk the cliffs in search of his lost gold. He is the author of Sorcerers of the Nightwing: Book I of the Ravenscliff Series, which introduced the world to the young sorcerer Devon March. Under another name, he is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Monsters in the Closet 1
1 Misery Point 9
2 The House on the Hill 22
3 Creatures in the Night 33
4 A Strange, Precocious Child 53
5 The Secret Room 74
6 The Boy with Talons for Hands 96
7 The Woman in White 118
8 The Face of the Madman 133
9 The Corpse Walks 153
10 The Nightwing 171
11 The Light in the Tower 188
12 The Demon's Grave 208
13 Halloween 225
14 Into the Hellhole 238
15 The Demon Lives 256
Epilogue: The Ravens 277
Acknowledgments 279
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2006

    BELEIVE IT!

    this book is amazing I LOVE IT. i'm young and i loved it. i read it in a day 12 ar points for kids who are interested but if you hate clowns don't even think about it lol! but seriously this book is about magic a little love to it, suspence, horror and mysteries!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2004

    A Devestatingly Mature and Sophisticated Book

    As have so many other great novels, this book stirs up a cornacopia of emotions, ranging from anxiety for the young hero, Devon March, to sympathy for this seemingly orphaned boy, in a Cinderella-like circumstance. If you want to have a heart warming - and chilling - read, pick up this book and you will experience emotions so strong, you will feel you are living in this book's world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2003

    Worst book ever!

    I only thought it my sad duty to page this on the web so that all you hungry readers do not get misguided by the lacking talent of this terrible author. The book only seems to be written just because the author wanted an excuse to write about as much gore and morbidity as possible. The story has no plot and the present tense writing style does nothing to help it. It has unwanted gore and additional demons and 'Hellholes' that just don't grab the attention of anyone with a right mind and who is looking for a good read where they can be sucked into a novel and enjoy the sweet luxories of plots and twists that lead to other places besides irrelavent blood spirts. Please, desparate readers, do not waste away your money on this shamed piece of work. I wish I could have given it a rating somewhere way below zero.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2003

    Wonderful! Stupendous! An absolute page turner!

    This book is absolutally WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!! Geoffrey Huntington aka ROBERT ROSS has done it again. This stupendous book will keep you awake until you've read it all! A perfect mix of horror, comedy, and romance. When Devon's father dies, he is left in the guardianship of the owner of Ravenscliff, a large, hunted mansion located in Misery piont, Devon's birthplace. When he discovers that he's a nightwing, he also discovers the horrible fate of Emily Muir and Jackson Muir. Along with his brother. One he never knew he had. When the corpse of Jackson Muir takes a little boy hostage, he has to discover his true destiny. His Nightwing destiny. To save his friend, he has to go into the hellhole. But he come out alive? Or will he find his fate is just like that of a nightwing long ago? Now that's true suspence in horror.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2003

    Great

    Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2003

    Great modern spine-chiller!

    An awesome new book from a very talented author! As a librarian, I can't keep the book on the shelves. I'm anxiously looking forward to what's next for Devon March and his friends. An artfully layered plot, believable characters, and freaky happenings kept me turning page after page - I read it in two days!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2003

    Killer of a Book

    Sorcerer¿s of the Nightwing is a captivating read, with mystery and suspense that will keep you on your toes. ¿The music comes from a TV set, turned to face an empty beanbag chair. It sounds like some kids show, tiny voices and the repetitive crash of the laugh track. `Alexander?¿ Devon repeats. `You in here?¿ Suddenly he feels something lunge at him, grab him around his shoulders. It¿s back, he thinks quickly. I was unprepared. The thing. Instinctively he summons all his power to thrust whatever¿s on his back clear across the room and into the far wall. It thuds hard and slides down to the floor¿¿ Geoffrey Huntington gives us the story of Devon March. An average ordinary 14 year old, other than the fact that he can move objects with his mind and summon incredible strength. Devon March is special, continuing the three thousand year old tradition of mysticism and magic. Devon, after his father¿s death finds himself in the dank and dark halls of the mansion Ravenscliff, where secrets come looking for Devon. Mystery shrouds Ravenscliff when Devon meets his new family, the Muirs. The Muirs forbid Devon from discovering anything more about his past, terrified of what the knowledge might bring. Closing off the East Wing where voices beckon him toward the bolted door. Clawing and scraping can be heard, the demon¿s want out. Suspense builds in this masterful novel when Devon meets Alexander, the strange and precocious child. Is he but a mislead youngster or a link to the Madman? The Madman, the worst of all the demons: who now wants to open the Hellhole and release the dark creatures. Devon must fight off the demons with his pals from Misery Point High- including the charming and beautiful Cecily Crandall. He is the only one who can save Misery Point from the Madman he must plunge into the Hellhole, unaware of its true danger. ¿Is this the destiny he had come to find? To die in this house of secrets, to discover not his past but his fate: doomed to spend eternity as one more ghost haunting the halls of Ravenscliff¿¿ What is Devon March¿s fate? Find out when you pick up Sorcerer¿s of the Nightwing. It¿s an instant classic that is sure to keep you on your toes. If you read any book this year read Sorcerers of the Nightwing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2002

    NIGHTWING

    This book is far better than five stars, in fact, i would go so far as to give it seven. A fantasy that reads like reality, descriptive and amazingly fresh. I have read alot of fantasys in my fourteen years, and this one was definitly not like any of the ones before it. A thriller and fantasy all in one, go out and buy it today!

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