ReganBooks, July, 2003.
Hardcover, 276 pages.
In this second entry in the Ravenscliff series, fourteen year-old Devon March is coming to terms with his powers as a member of the Noble Order of the Nightwing, a group of wizards whose job is to keep the Earth safe from evil in all forms. Now in high school, Devon lives with his guardian, Mrs. Crandall at Ravenscliff, where he was sent after the death of his father. Now a greater evil than Devon has ever faced before has arisen: Isobel the Apostate was a witch who turned against her fellow sorcerers of the Nightwing and sided with the demons. She nearly unseated Henry VIII from the throne before being burned at the stake, while swearing that she would return. Now she has returned and it will be up to Devon to stop her from unleashing all manner of horrors upon an unsuspecting modern England.
Geoffrey Huntington ups the ante in the second entry in this gripping series, which is part fantasy, part thriller and part horror. In this book, Devon learns more about the mysterious Order of the Nightwing and actually gets to travel to England's past in a particularly well-written time travel segment. Huntington keeps the reader guessing until the last minute about the true motives of all the enigmatic characters that surround Devon. Devon himself is quite appealing: he has an edge to him and that indefinable something that makes a hero memorable. Devon wrestles with all the usual problems of a normal teenager, but he also has to deal with some very serious issues involving trust, loyalty and how to do the right thing. Huntington excels at writing young people and his dialogue rings true; this is an excellent series which keeps getting better with each book.
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This review was published in the September-October, 2003 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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