GOSH THIS BOOK WAS GOOD!!! The Night Clock by Paul Meloy

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On a council estate, one tragedy hits after another. A man shoots in a play area, people are gripped with depression, friends betray each other. And social worker Phil Trevena’s patients keep dying. Darkness and oppression grow and seem the grip the lives of the characters all around, with guilt, despair and terrible thoughts gripping even the most lucid minds. And then the monsters begin to appear – and the people who can turn them back…

GOODNESS ME THIS BOOK WAS EXCELLENT!!!! I read it and thought – I’ve never read a book that does anything like that before. After an extremely dark and seemingly real opening focussing on the difficulties of seriously troubled people, it opens up into fantasy, expanding and explaining the happenings of the beginning – and then races around an intriguing and original fantasy system in order to stop terrible things happening. There is a fantastic range of characters, stories, backstories and more – and though it feels a bit chaotic it really really works! 

An epic and enjoyable journey that didn’t actually seem to get that far – The Iron Ghost by Jen Williams

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The black feather three have been called upon to steal back an ancient artefact necessary to mountain-town of Skaldshollow to make the giant stone servants they use for everyday tasks. But the ice cold Narhl people and an ancient, powerful mage – not to mention a demon and a god – all have plans for it too. Will wily, impulsive rogue Wydrin, conflicted and mighty knight Sebastian and confused and powerful mage Frith manage to stay these new bouts of evil?

This summary doesn’t even BEGIN to summarise this book. There is just SO MUCH in there – from underwater cities to new strange beasts to mages and sorcery and just – wow! It was all in there! Williams managed to move us quickly through epic, huge and treacherous scenes of battle and adventure again and again all the way through this beast of a book. And I did enjoy it. But by the end, I was still left thinking… I read a book that big, and they only got this far?