Thursday, December 30, 2010

Scourge by David H. Burton

Title: Scourge
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction/ Fantasy
Publisher:  David H. Burton
Publication Date: 29th November 2010
Stand alone or series: Series
Pages:  172 pages
Book Received from:  Author
First Lines:  There were three things that were a little different about Grimwald Doyle

Synopsis:
Grim Doyle has always known his life was not exactly "normal", and things gets even more curious when he discovers a set of stones that sweep him and his family to the fantasy, steampunk world of Verne - a place they had escaped from years ago. Now that they've returned, Grim and his siblings hide from the evil Lord Victor and his minions. And while learning about Jinns, Mystics, and the power of absinth they try to discover who is trying to kill them with the deadly Scourge.

My Thoughts:
I found this one really hard to get into in the beginning.  I was sucked in a little at the start but slightly put off when he was brought into the world of Verne.  From the top of my head I don't think I've read anything steampunk before so I'm not sure whether it was the unfamiliarity of the genre that kind of put me off or what.

In saying that, once I did get into it, the book was great.  Grim and his siblings made an interesting cast of characters, especially his 'two' Dads!  I also loved that Grim slips up like a kid of his age would do, when put in the situation they all were in.  Aunt Patrice was quite a surprise too.

I don't know whether I have a soft spot for animals though, but Scarlet was a definite favourite and when she turned up, that's when I really started to get hooked on what was happening to Grim and his family.  Least favourite character would have to be Festral.  I think I spelled his name right.

While I've never read any Steampunk books that I know of, and after a rocky start I really did enjoy the story and characters.  I'm quite curious to see what will happen next for Grim.

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