Wednesday, 12 February 2014

FANTASY REVIEW: A Different Kingdom - Paul Kearney

Release Date: 13/02/14
Publisher:  Solaris


A different kingdom of wolves, woods and stranger, darker, creatures lies in wait for Michael Fay in the woods at the bottom of his family's farm. Michael Fay is a normal boy, living with his grandparents on their family farm in rural Ireland. In the woods there are wolves; and other things, dangerous things. He doesn t tell his family, not even his Aunt Rose, his closest friend. And then, as Michael wanders through the trees, he finds himself in the Other Place. There are strange people, and monsters, and a girl called Cat. When the wolves follow him from the Other Place to his family s doorstep, Michael must choose between locking the doors and looking away or following Cat on an adventure that may take an entire lifetime in the Other Place. This is Paul Kearney s masterpiece.


As a fan of Fantasy, Paul Kearney has always been a name that I’ve come to trust. I love his writing style, the way he brings the action to life along with the character interaction on a personal level. As such this means for me, that I get a great combo of solid character building alongside cracking sequences that bring the full rush of adrenaline as, within your imagination, you’re there fighting with the heroes of the tale.

Whilst this book is a little different (with it being set in our own world for part of it), it still plays to Paul’s strengths throughout gently easing the reader into a fantasy world that will stay with them long after the final page is turned. Add to this cracking prose, some top notch sequences and of course dialogue that works well all round gives me a book that was a pure joy to spend time with. Great stuff.

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