Thursday 5 January 2012

Book review on "Ravens Gate" by Anthony Horowitz

Matt is not a normal 14 year old boy. He has the power to see into the future, and to move objects without touching them. He discovers this power when he is 8 years old, and manages to escape death by foreseeing that his parents would die in a car crash, which happens later on in the day. He makes friends with a boy who is a bad influence, and convinces him to steal for a warehouse, which results in him getting caught by the police and getting sent off to live with Jayne Deverill who lives near a small village called Lesser Malling. However Matt finds out that something is not right in the village. A man warns him to leave as soon as possible, he starts to hear whispering in what seems to be a strange language, and he sees electrical lights coming from the abandoned nuclear power plant. Matt becomes involved in a race to stop what the villagers are planning, and to stop the Old Ones from returning after hundreds of years of being locked behind Ravens Gate.

Ravens Gate is the first book in the Power of Fives series, which is about 5 children who are destined to save the world from the Old Ones. I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up from the university library having no idea what it was about,but once I started reading it I was hooked from the start. The book is very fast paced, and does not take too long to get into the story as a lot of books do, and is more like you are watching an action movie than reading a book. Once you finish a chapter it is difficult to put the book down, as you need to know what is going to happen next, and I finished the book in three days even though it was 283 pages long. It has both a sense of action and mystery, as it is somewhat like a detective novel, as Matt has to find out why the villagers are acting so strange, and find out what Ravens Gate is. The reader finds out more information with Matt, so this helps the reader identify with him, as they want Matt to find the source of what is going on in the village. As the book is part of a series, I will definitely be checking out the rest of the series to see how the story about the Old Ones progresses, and what the other four children will have to do.

Rating: 4/5

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