Thursday, 25 February 2010

YOUNG ADULT REVIEW: The Lightning Key - Jon Berkley


Now that Miles Wednesday has discovered his link to a magical Tiger's Egg, he's suddenly at the wheel of a great voyage. Determined to recover the stolen stone and free the trapped soul within, Miles sets off with Little, a Song Angel, and the wisecracking blind explorer Baltinglass of Araby. Their destination points far across sea and desert to the home of Miles's aunt Nura, who may be their only hope in releasing the Egg's true power. But along the way, their travels are riddled with thrills and near catastrophes - from soaring across the sky in an airborne schooner to run-ins with the twisted circus ringmaster, the Great Cortado, and his bumbling sidekick, Doctor Tau-Tau. Most threatening of all is a dark Sleep Angel who's descended from the Realm to seize the Egg and forfeit Miles's life. Will Miles crack the secrets of the Egg and stand up to the Realm in the face of grave danger? And will he ever be able to bring back his father?


Having enjoyed the other books in the series, its been something of a bugbear for me to have to wait so long for this offering. As you’ve come to expect by now its well written, cracking pace and above all a story arc that will keep the reader glued to the last page. As an older reader I also got a lot of pleasure from this book and whilst you could technically read it without having read the other instalments you’ll sadly have missed an absolute treat. A great novel and one that was definitely worth the wait.

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