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review 2017-06-11 18:50
Hekla's Children - James Brodgen

Teacher Nathan Brookes leaves four pupils alone during a field trip in a national park. Within minutes, they have disappeared. A girl called Liv returns, but she has no memory of where she’s been. When a body is found years later, it is first believed to be one of the children, but is identified as a Bronze Age man. Yet Nathan starts to have horrific visions of the missing students. Then Liv reappears, desperate that the man be reburied. For he is the only thing keeping a terrible evil at bay...




I enjoyed this a lot! An awesome plot steeped in British myth and legend's it made for a really good read. In places it got a bit confusing, but I loved how it all mended together. I haven't actually read a plot quite like this Ever. It was modern and well thought out, it's not like your typical horror that's been done time and time again. This is original and new in some aspect's Highly recommended.





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review 2014-04-12 00:00
The Narrows
The Narrows - James Brogden Originally reviewed at almightylewry.wordpress.com

I have to say I was very impressed with this book, the characters were well realised and engaging, the story itself was brilliant, I did find in places that there was a little too much going on but generally thought it was great, it had total worlds domination, delusions of grandeur and the inevitable arrogance that comes with it.

the author delved into the earths energy and chi philosophy brilliantly, together with the energy meridians of the body which are connected and the immeasurable power that comes from it, shapes the universe. He also explored the idea of other realities as well, and energy connecting to them all linked to the summer and winter solstice.
In my opinion Oliver twist had definitely had an influence on the narrowfolk, in that they were essentially urchins and the fagin-esque character ran the house they stayed - sent them out on "jobs".

I find it quite fascinating that with the majority of the fantasy novels I have read, the universe that is created, there is sometimes on some small level a slight inconsistency with some of the details. However, this is a slightly different beast, it is set in modern day Britain, and the universe had been created around it, and in all honesty couldn't find any inconsistency within the detail....not that I am on the hunt for inconsistencies, but sometimes something small jumps out at me and I question it, and try to put it in context of the universe I am reading. I can honestly say this universe and they way it was written didn't have me questioning anything.

Overall it's a great read. After I had finished it, I was driving along a country lane near where I live and I swear I saw something out of the corner of my eye, just for a split second, and there it was, a glimmer of hope that there could have been some truth to the story.......can you imagine!!

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