Twelve-year-old twins Matt and Emily Calder are Animare: they can bring art to life and enter paintings at will. They must do everything in their power to prevent a breach in Hollow Earth: a supernatural place that holds all the demons, devils and creatures ever imagined.
The Hollow Earth Society are getting closer to finding the key that will release the beasts: an ancient bone quill whose powers can be only be used by a powerful Animare. The quill has been lost for centuries, but important clues to its whereabouts lie somewhere on the island of Era Mina - as does the entrance to Hollow Earth itself.
Matt and Em must find the quill and protect it - but their lives in the relative safety of Auchinmurn Abbey are thrown into confusion with the arrival of a newcomer who threatens to ruin everything they have worked for. All too soon, the twins are forced to make a terrible choice: save their father, or save the world.
Where does Bone Quill rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
On the top
Who was your favorite character and why?
Zach - he is awsome, he might be deaf but he is very smart.
What does John Barrowman and Carol E. Barrowman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
John's voice is great I loved the Scottish accent.The story is unique and just great.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Definitely...I was very sorry that I could not do that so I listened to in 2 sittings
Any additional comments?
I really like to read more sequel.
This is a very different style of book to the first, so you definitely need to read/listen to them in order. In Bone Quill the twins learn they can move through time as well as via art, so multiple narrative threads emerge; late 19C London, the Middle Ages plus present day.
Having said that, these are divided nicely into alternate chapters with lots of signposting (e.g The Island, Present Day) so that my 9 yr old had no problem following the action. The body count, gore & scare factor has ramped up from the last book, so I wouldn't recommend it for any nervous young ones or you might get the odd sleepless night.
I did laugh when John Barrowman announced he would read the book in his "natural" Scottish accent, as frankly it lasted about two paragraphs and then he reverted to his usual American/Scot hybrid. Jeanne (the Scottish housekeeper) is still a triumph though.
It is worth noting that book 3 (The Book of Beasts) is not available on Audible. Most annoying, so I got the book out of the library instead. Common Audible - it was published in 2014!! Why have 2 books out of 3??
I really liked the story and is a brilliant follow on from Hollow Earth. John Barrowman's narration brings the creative colour of the words in his native Scottish tongue.
I have just bought The Book of Beasts in paperback to continue the story, but I will be on the lookout for this as an audiobook.