2013 Book Reviews

Tethers by Jack Croxall

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“In the wake of a cold Victorian winter, Karl Scheffer and Esther Emerson discover an anonymous journal filled with strange passages and bizarre scribblings.

The journal soon draws then into a covert and sinister conspiracy, a conspiracy centred around an otherworldly artefact with the power to change everything….”

This is an ebook; as you know I’m not a big fan of electronic reading so it has to be a good book to get me reading on it!

I started this book at about 6pm and once I got into the first chapter I found myself completely lost, and soon realised it was gone 9pm when I was halfway through.
Karl and Esther are thirteen years old and live in a town called Shraye. Karl, has his life set out for him by his mum and fellow peers, an apprenticeship to become a teacher. The same for Esther, she will work in the family pub. Both want different things in life, so when they come across this mysterious journal found in Mr Stratham’s house, who has vanished, and the bizarre scribblings inside the journal, it’s too hard to resist finding out more. In doing so, and finding out more information from a drunk at the pub, they soon discover more information. Looking for help they head to Mr Cauldwell’s house and confess everything to him. He assures them he will help them find Mr Straham. When they don’t see either men again they set off in pursuit of them.
They come across a purple stone that has strange visions that only Karl can see. With some help from Mr Cauldwell they soon discover they are being followed by very nasty men willing to seriously harm them, in order to get their hands on the stone.

But why do they want the stone so much?
Why can Karl see visions in the stone?
And what are the scribblings and entries in the journal?

The story is told in Karl’s voice and is done so brilliantly. He isn’t made to seem older or braver than he really is. His honest and a little self doubting of himself I would say, but in a good way, a way that endears him to you.
Esther is a fantastic side-kick, she is self assured, confident and determined. I think she may slightly outshine Karl. And I would love to hear a story in her voice.

The story ends very cleverly and leaves you wanting more.

It’s a fun filled, action packed adventure with two strong, lead characters.
It’s good fun and very well written, so that you forget to actually move or put the book down.
It’s easy to read and will keep you guessing until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to a follow up. (I hope!)

Get you’re copy now; Tethers


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