This is fun story. The characters are not flat, though only limited development over the book. It modern with reference's to mp3 players, laptops and ..Show More »cell phone but doesn't let that get in the way of the magic of the children. Grand-mama X and her cats are in some ways better characters then the main twins Jack and Jade. While the story isn't transparent it's could have been much more original.
If you or your kids have issues with (not graphic) descriptions of ants, bugs, rats and white eyes this would be one to pass. Evil is much more clear then in Keys to the Kingdom.
While I'm sure I'll enjoy the next book. I hope that Garth decides to go back to writing solo.
In this book Jack and Jade finally seem to be real characters and more teens then in the previous books. Saddly the solution to the mystery is pretty ..Show More »clear if you read book one. The biggest change in this book is that Jack and Jade start to try to clearly by themselves decide things. They are less children and more teens in this book. Jack and Jade meet people who aren't Evil and aren't pre-vented by Grama-X; they make good and bad choices and not all the choices are made for reasonable reasons. The only thing I could have wish was that the cat's Arty and Cleo had a bigger role. I really rather liked them . Yes finally Garth Nix seems to pulled the characters together into something much much better.