If you want to go on a rollercoaster journey with a thief and a feisty fairy as they plunge into darkness and fly back out into the light, grab your box of Kleenex, sit back and let the story of the Amber Room unfold. You will need plenty as you mop up tears of sadness and tears from laughing at North and Rosie Boot’s comical rapport. The Amber Room will make the younger reader demand a night light whilst allow teenagers to revisit their fairytale favourites but be warned, they are not fluffy!
Tom Harris’s skilful writing takes the reader in and out of reality, magical kingdoms and the surrealistic amber room. You turn each page expecting North to be devoured or chopped into pieces whilst hoping, against the odds, he survives and completes his task before the storyteller finishes. But who is the storyteller and why is North, a light fingered youth, falling for a fairy? I am not going to tell. The essence of this novel is imagination fused with social realism. I think many a young person will love this book and will be ordering the sequel before released.