Book Review: Into the Mist: Silver Hand by Steve Finegan
First sentence: "Gabe sat with his dog-eared sketchpad open across his knees, wielding his stub of a graphite pencil like a pint-sized magic wand, conjuring up the latest adventures of his one-day-to-be-published (or so his dad always told him with a grin) graphic novel hero, Lord Corvus."
From Amazon.com: "In the woods behind the park ... buried beneath the ground ... a secret waits.
Thirteen-year-old Gabe Wrenn is unsettled by his family's move to the creepy old house on Byrnmor Street. Even more unsettling is the prospect of being the new kid in school on Monday, and the object of everyone's gawking stares, when all he wants is to be left alone with his sketchpad.
But unsettled can't begin to describe how Gabe feels when he first stands in The Woods, an old oak grove bordering the park behind his house, and a mysterious voice summons him to "the Door to the East." It's an epileptic hallucination for sure, and another sign that his bullying older brother Sam is right: Gabe's nothing but a brain-damaged freak.
This opinion is not shared by Ellie Yvonne, the impetuous girl next door. With disturbing conviction, Ellie declares that Gabe's epilepsy makes him special. It could even be the key to unlocking the secret of the Brynmor Witch's bramble-choked grave at the heart of The Woods.
"Into the Mist: Silver Hand" is the first book in a two-part fantasy adventure story about an unlikely hero who triumphs over isolation and adversity through friendship and a strange new sense of self-confidence that results when he takes possession of a relic of unknown origins."
My take: This book is a refreshing new look into the world of the Fey and they mystical mythology surrounding it. It keeps you guessing if the story is really just an "aura" or if it is truly happening as you read. Wonderful description of Other world and This world, at times a little too wordy but a very strong world building. I would like to have seen more character development for the other key characters but understand this is part of a series and things will most likely be revealed in due time. It was also nice to have the author tackle school bullying and epilepsy which is not a key factor in many novels. The worlds and story are woven together in a way that sucks you in, leaving an ending with one hell of a cliff-hanger. Wanting to dive in to book two so you can find out what is real and what isn't. Definitely will read the next book in the series and hope it comes out sooner rather than later. Author's web-site: Steve Finegan.
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