Xavier: St Griswold College for Abandoned Boysby E M Cooper
In the first book of the Xavier series, Xavier Jones, an ordinary thirteen-year-old boy is abandoned at St Griswold College deep within the mysterious Mourn Forest. As the world changes outside the school walls, evil brews at St Griswold. Xavier discovers the school and its inhabitants have strange customs and dark secrets. Everything he knows and believes about
In the first book of the Xavier series, Xavier Jones, an ordinary thirteen-year-old boy is abandoned at St Griswold College deep within the mysterious Mourn Forest. As the world changes outside the school walls, evil brews at St Griswold. Xavier discovers the school and its inhabitants have strange customs and dark secrets. Everything he knows and believes about the world shifts.
He befriends Ethan and Gabe, an eccentric new arrival. Through them he discovers humour, hope and courage-and the first stirrings of his abilities. In a magical world teeming with angels, demons, shape shifters and the Darklaw, the boys meet Beth, a young seer from Ambrosia. Using their abilities and devices, the teenagers must discover who they can trust among those they meet including the ethereal Boundary Keeper, a vain messenger angel and a magical watchmaker. Together the young friends journey across a country infiltrated by sinister forces in the hope of saving the children of Griswold. They witness the terrifying First Strike, a celestial battle between angelic and demonic armies, and Xavier learns of his destiny and a frightening prediction.
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Reviewed by Dinorah Blackman for Readers' Favorite In this brilliant novel, Xavier: St Griswold College for Abandoned Boys, the story is told of thirteen-year-old Xavier Jones who seems to have a normal life with his parents and younger sister. But one day, for no apparent reason, his parents drop him off at St. Griswold College For Abandoned Boys. All Xavier knows is that there seemed to be some financial problems and his parents then made the decision to dispose of him. Now he clings to an old photograph of the four of them that becomes a reminder of simpler, happier times. This condition of abandonment pushes Xavier into a whirlwind of fear and a host of other negative emotions that threaten to destroy him. Sensing his vulnerability, bullies rush in and Xavier struggles to stay strong. And in so doing he discovers the voices, the Celestial Power, and strange encounters between forces. In the end, Xavier is caught in the middle of an adventure that turns into the timeless battle between good and evil. E.M. Cooper is a superb writer who has mastered the ability to capture the reader’s attention and to deliver unpredictable plots. Cooper uses language that is appropriate and easy to understand for young and old. His knowledge of how a thirteen-year-old boy’s mind works adds credibility to the story. The characters are easy to relate to and one can easily visualise each one of them while reading. Cooper’s unusual plot relies on his ability to play with words in such a way that the reader can’t keep from turning the pages. The ending of this story leaves room for a sequel that will surely impress fans and leave them begging for more.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this book, now where is book 2 in the series?
Intense, dark and mysterious! A great YA dark fantasy story about Xavier, a young boy (13) who is abandoned by his parents without knowing the reason, in the middle of the forest at St. Griswold College. The atmosphere is on the edge of being creepy, yet mysterious and Xavier finds himself on a journey of more than just life at a boarding school. The story was extremely well written and it brings the reader along, with wonders and twists that give a great suspense. Highly recommended.