‘The Nemesis Charm’, by Daniel Ingram-Brown



I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest, unbiased review. For your chance to win a signed copy of the book, head to my twitter @myatticlibrary, and keep an eye out for a Q&A with the author soon. 

About the book: 

They say only the dead can cross a Threshold, the dead and those who have faced a Nemesis Charm.

When Apprentice Adventurers, Fletcher and Scoop, discover their mother has fallen under the curse of a strange sickness, they prepare to sail for its source, a Threshold, a doorway to the world beyond the Un-Crossable Boundary.

But they are not the only ones seeking to cross the Threshold. Their old enemy, Grizelda, has heard that beyond the Boundary lives a woman with the same power as the Storyteller. With the help of a monster made with an undead heart, she plans to cross the Boundary and steal that power for herself. If she succeeds, the Academy, the island and everything in Fletcher and Scoop’s world will be hers.

Pages: 275 

Expected publication date: May 27th 2016  

Publisher: Our Street Books   

My thoughts: 

Okay, so I’m not normally a fan of fantasy fiction and, this being the second book in ‘The Firebird Chronicles’, of which I haven’t read the first, I was a little bit hesitant when I started this book.  I really shouldn’t have been. I loved this book!

The world created by Ingram-Brown is so creative and whimsical.  The characters live on Fullstop Island, which is surrounded by the Oceans of Rhyme, and is home to the Tall Tale Trees, Puddles of Plot, Creativity Craters and neighboured by the North and South Bookend Isles.  If that’s not enough to invite you in, the characters drink tankards of Noveltwist, toss Punctuation Pucks rather than frisbees, and run in The Hyphen-Dash rather than a mundane fun run.  In all honesty, I haven’t wanted to enter another world so much since I first read Harry Potter.

Thankfully the characters live up to the world created for them.  Fletcher and Scoop are really likeable characters, and whilst there were hints at their previous adventures in the first book of the chronicles – ‘The Shadow Stealers’ – I didn’t feel like I had missed so much that I was lost.  This brother and sister duo are given equal status by Ingram-Brown, as they strive to save their mother, and as events unfold, other inhabitants of the island.

The plot is thoroughly engaging, to the point where I was finished quicker than I would have liked, and this would be my only criticism of the book.  Would I recommend ‘The Nemesis Charm’ to a teen? Most definitely (I’ve already recommended it to several pupils I teach).  Would I recommend it to an adult? Without a doubt.  I cannot wait for the next installment!

My rating: 5 stars 

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