Ten years ago Kate Winters' parents were taken by the High Council's wardens to help with the country's war effort. Now the wardens are back...and prisoners, including Kate's uncle Artemis, are taken south on the terrifying Night Train.
Kate and her friend Edgar are hunted by a far more dangerous enemy.
Silas Dane - the High Council's most feared man - recognises Kate as one of the Skilled; a rare group of people able to see through the veil between the living and the dead.
His spirit was damaged by the High Council's experiments into the veil, and he's convinced that Kate can undo the damage and allow him to find peace.
The knowledge Kate needs lies within Wintercraft - a book thought to be hidden deep beneath the graveyard city of Fume.
But the Night of Souls, when the veil between life and death is at its thinnest, is just days away and the High Council have their own sinister plans for Kate and Wintercraft.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 13/05/2010
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780755370962
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Review by mrripley
I have had my eye on this book for some time now. This great title had me instantly attracted to it, so when I finally did get a copy, I desperately wanted to read it. Unfortunately I had to really restrain myself from diving into it, due to my really busy work schedule. This book has taken four years to write, so I knew that it was worth savouring but I hope I don't have to wait quite so long for the next one.I immediately noticed that this debut fantasy novel has no vampires or demons ripping out limbs. Equally there are no angels or zombies prowling within and around the storyline. Now some people may say that the lack of such characters could make the story rather dull . . . but they would be wrong. This book does maintain a really dark, Gothic feel to it that runs throughout the story, which I really loved. It's an atmospheric mystery that tells the truth about friendship - it's a book that can't be put down until the very last page is turned.This book has a great setting and a very original plot, with some exceedingly nasty characters to follow. Silas Dane, my favourite character, really develops the 'fear factor' within the book and certainly makes the 'fearometer' jump exceedingly high at times - leaving the reader cowering behind their sofa. His taste for revenge drives him to seek an end to his immortality. On his journey he takes no prisoners and has no qualms in killing people that get in his way - making for some great reading, which is not for the young or weak of heart! This man is a killer and make no mistakes about that....The book follows Kate into the world of the 'Skilled'; a rare group of people who are able to see through the veil between the living and the dead. The High Council are seeking out the Skilled and using them to experiment on - to see if they have the powers to walk the fine line between life and death in the veil. Silas Dane is the High Council's most feared man; he recognises Kate as one of the Skilled and their paths cross with brutal consequences. . . . e The knowledge that Kate needs lies within Wintercraft – a book thought to be hidden deep beneath the graveyard city of Fume. But the Night of Souls, when the veil between life and death is at its thinnest, is just days away and the High Council have their own sinister plans for Kate and Wintercraft...The ending comes to a quick climax, but with a range of unexpected twists and turns, that bring the complex characters and the storyline together in a magical way. It finishes with a great number of possibilities for maybe the next book. This makes the wait particularly exciting to see what may happen next, if anything!
Review by cherrymischievous
Wilma's Review: The story telling quality was compelling enough but just short of a masterpiece. The world building was good and I could clearly see in my mind's eye the streets of Albion. The character development is very, very good. Silas felt like a person to me instead of just a character from the pages, whom I can sympathize with. This is a fast-paced read which left me wanting more. I hope Ms. Burtenshaw would write the second book quickly :) Fans of Harry Potter would love this book! I would definitely recommend this book to fantasy readers! Story telling quality = 4 Character building = 4 World building = 4 The story itself = 4 Pace = fast Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Cherry's Review: This book was a slow starter for me but it picked up around about chapter three or so. I would say this book has a moderate pace. The best thing about the book that I liked best is the character development. Ms. Burtenshaw paints us characters so vivid that they feel like people I could touch and talk with. Characters I relate with. The thing I didn't like about this book is that the main female protagonist is kind of stupid and gullible. It's so flippin' obvious but she just doesn't get it! It's irritating to read at times. Those scenes where the female protagonist was being really stupid and acting out of character looks to me like an obvious attempt by the author to create a dilemma for the story so that the heroes could save the world. *sigh* Story telling quality? A 3 out of 5. The ending closed the book nicely while pointing to the next book in the series without being a cliffhanger. A 4 out of 5. I enjoyed this book, stupid protagonist and all. And would give it a 3.5 out of 5.
Review by LarissaBookGirl
Albion was a country at war. It was a war that had been going for so long that no one knew why it had started and few alive could remember a life without it. But war wasn't the only threat. Kate had always been taught to be prepared for the wardens, but it had been ten years since they had come to her town of Morvane and too many had become complacent. So no one was prepared when the wardens returned.But with the wardens came another threat, Silas Dane, a deadly killer and a man determined to hunt down Kate for her Skill. Silas has been sent to capture Kate for the Albion council and retrieve the book Wintercraft, a powerful tool that is deadly in the wrong hands. However, Silas has his own plans for Kate and Wintercraft.Silas destroyed Kate's home, sold her uncle into slavery and kidnapped her. But he also saved her life several times over, never once broke his word to her and from the beginning was always truthful with her. Unlike Edgar, her best friend who along with her uncle she considered her only family. Kate soon learns that Edgar has been keeping secrets from her, BIG secrets, and not just about his past. Is she really any safer with her best friend Edgar then she is with the deadly killer Silas?Wintercraft is a powerful object and deadly in the wrong hands. Kate was just an ordinary girl with a quiet life until the day her Skill showed itself, and her magical heritage was revealed. A dark twist onto the magical girl genre where a unique and ancient world is created full of dangers and the dead with a mystery to unfold. A fast-paced adventure across country into a deadly city and across the veil into death.