Shadow Forest Paperback
by Matt Haig
Part of the Shadow Forest series
Samuel Blink is the hero of this story, but he doesn't know it yet.
Right now, he and his sister Martha are in the back of his parents' car.
He has no idea a giant log is about to fall from the sky and change his life forever.
He doesn't know that he and Martha will be forced to move to Norway and eat their Aunt Eda's smelly brown cheese.
He hasn't the slightest clue Martha will disappear into Shadow Forest.
A forest full of one-eyed trolls, the sinister huldre-folk, deadly Truth Pixies and a witch who steals shadows.
A forest ruled by the evil Changemaker. A forest so dangerous that people who enter never return.
No. Samuel Blink doesn't know any of this. So don't tell him. It might ruin the book . . .
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages, Black and white
- Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Publication Date: 05/12/2007
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780552555630
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Review by sirfurboy
This was an enjoyable adventure for younger readers - albeit with a rather sad start. Samuel and Martha Blink are left orphaned when an accident kills their parents on the way to a 10th birthday treat for Martha. After this they must travel to Norway to live with their mysterious aunt, who has some odd rules - the oddest of which is that they must never enter the nearby forest. It is no surprise when this rule is ignored. The adventures that follow are imaginative and will especially appeal to younger readers. The author provides humourous asides, and the book has a slightly quirky feel that will again appeal to younger readers.The asides reminded me of Jonathon Stroud in his Bartimeus trilogy. Not quite as well done though, and for this reason adult readers would enjoy this book less than they would enjoy Bartimeus, but that is fine because adults are not the intended audience, and I would recommend this book for children aged say 9+ (younger too maybe, but with a strong caution about the sad start).