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The Books of the Beginning. Book one: The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens. Pub. Random House, 2011.

A long time ago great magical minds created The Books of the Beginning and because they were powerful and could be utilised by the unscrupulous, they were hidden. One of the books, The Emerald Atlas, was hidden in a vault under the City of Calmartia, the city of the dwarves that was destroyed by an earthquake.

Kate is 14 years old and when she was 4 years old her mother came to her in the night, kissed her goodbye and asked her to look after her siblings, Michael now aged 12 and Emma now aged 11, while her father stood calling by the door. They were then whisked away pursued by vicious creatures and into a childhood where they went from orphanage to orphanage.

Then one day they are taken to a place called Cambridge Falls a town that once was magical but the magic is now hidden. They come in contact with a magician called Dr.Pym and in his room locate a book that can transport them into a magical world ruled by a wicked witch and equally scurrilous Countess who uses evil beings called screechers to do her dirty work.

The children find themselves as key players in a search for the Emerald Atlas a book that can transport them through time and reshape the world they live in.

The action is fast and furious, the children brave and adventurous and the story involves dwarves and a host of horrible things. The ending which is complicated is breathtaking and sets up the next two books.

Fabulous fantasy for those that like The Chronicles of Nania, Harry Potter,  His Dark Materials and The Lord of the Rings. John Stephens knows his fantasy. At last a worthwhile fantasy that doesn’t involve vampires and werewolves. Old fashioned but brilliant.

This is just the start of a series that is quality writing and sure to be popular. To be published in April, 2011.

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