The Half-Continent is becoming even more unsafe - monster attacks are on the rise, and every far-flung village or town is calling for help to fight them. Into this dangerous landscape the lamplighters must venture daily, keeping the roads safely lit for travellers. It is not a job for the faint-hearted, and every week there are reports of new theroscades. Foundling Rossamund Bookchild, sworn into the Emperor's Service as a prentice lamplighter, is finding his training at Winstermill Fortress difficult and lonely. His life is further complicated by the arrival of a young wit, determined to spite her famous mother by becoming a lowly lantern-stick. As Rossamund begins to make new friends in this sinister world, he also seems to make more enemies, finding himself pushed towards a terrible destiny, a fate beyond anything he could ever have imagined.
©2008 D. M. Cornish; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
A fantastic book in both theme and execution. Excellent narration too; Bower reads life into varied characters, men and women, poor and rich and different dialects too, all within Cornish's fresh expressive language.
I chose this series as a alternate genre to normal and not least because of the narrator, the first book was entertaining and original with a good use of character. The second, however, has shades of Harry Potter and is trying to hard to invent new names for everyday items, the use of a single location with secret passages and an ongoing battle between good and evil within. fought by two understudies supported by a well meaning head and undermined by senior individuals could easily be mistaken for Hogwarts. I hope the third book moves away from this and regains the originality of the first instalment. For those that enjoy fantasy and want another version of the Potter series, this is just the book for you.
I am a devoted listener to books narrated by Humphrey Bower and would suggest to anyone that they should focus on his renditions, this series does however show his limits with many of the accents no different to those used in his Bryce Courtney books, I feel it is time he learnt some new characters to add to his repertoire.
A serious and exciting journey across a land so marvellously realised. A real pleasure to enjoy Humphrey Bower's rendition of one of the most original writings since Pratchett created the Discworld. If you like to be delighted with glorious language, a hero that is brave and true, a heroine that knows her own mind then this is the book for you.
This sequel is wonderful! In fact I would go so far as to say its better than the original.
I felt the first instalment was somewhat slow in places.... but this follow up has had non stop adventure action and some wonderful new characters.
From the start it has kept me on the edge of my seat!
Humphrey Bower is a wonderful story teller. Complete with different character voices!
Am loving every minute of it and really dont want it to end..!!!
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