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on May 31, 2013 :
After reading "Worlds Unseen", I knew I should continue the series. One of the marks of a good book (for me) is a good sense of what each character wants and, in the long run, how each character shapes the story.
I highly recommend reading all of this series. Ms Thomson does write in a religious "theme" but there were no distraction caused by that - this was not a sermon.
Enjoy this book and the others very much.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 22, 2011 :
This sequel to the fantasy novel Worlds Unseen in the Seventh World trilogy is exciting and well made. Clearly high fantasy with its mythology, supernatural forces, spiritual helpers and hidden "gifts", but set in world similar to our own late 18th-century Europe.
Different groups of endangered gypsies, poor farmers and pale underground dwellers prepare to fight against strong villains who want to release the Darkness through a veil made thousands of years ago. The Gifted, young people who see what can't be seen, hear what can't be heard and can sing the sacred Songs, are crucial to the fight. They all have to take a stand, so the King can come back into the world and make everything right.
A really good read, with loveable (and hateable) characters, thrill and magic. I look forward to the last book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)