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Moving house has become a way of life for 15-year-old Isobel Miller; her father is an army major, her mother a middle-aged, pregnant, chain-smoking alcoholic. But the move to the village of Langham could be the straw that breaks the camel's back. To the truculent teenager, it might as well be to Timbuktu. 

Isobel is resentful of the baby and angry with her mother for dragging her away from civilisation to live in a village that has no street lighting, let alone any decent shops. The only light in her miserable existence is her grandfather, storyteller elite, her saviour. And when one of his macabre tales is mentioned in the local paper, Isobel is drawn into the depths of evil and devil worship. Her world and that of everyone around her turns upside down. The cause of a mysterious book, an omen, that once opened and read starts a cataclysmic chain of events, and their lives are filled with tragedy and disaster. 

Salvation comes in the guise of three teenagers - Peter, Oswald, and Ariel - and the four form an alliance. A bond so strong nothing can tear them apart - nothing except maybe the devil himself! 

Please be aware that due to reported issues with the sound quality of this book it will be re-published shortly with the points resolved. Thank you for your patience.

©Forever E.M.G Wixley (P)2018 E.M.G Wixley

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  • 08-08-18

needs to be re-recorded

I recieved this book free of charge for an honest review. I tried to listen to this. seemed like it was getting to be a decent tale but I couldn't listen to it for more than a few minutes at a time and had to give up. its recorded with all treble it seems and a slight echo. it actually physically hurt to try to listen to. the narrator seemed ok but the recording made me have to stop listening.

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  • Beth Case
  • 06-08-18

Good story, but read the book

I enjoyed the story, but the audio was painful to listen to. The narrator was fine as far as his voice and characterization, but the recording was horrible! It sounded like he was talking in a tunnel. A deep tunnel. Waaaaaaay down at the other end. I had to concentrate so much just to understand what he was saying that I wasn't able to get lost in the story. Every once in a while, there was a sentence or two that had obviously been re-recorded that was BEAUTIFUL and clear and wonderful. Then he went back into the tunnel.

The story was pretty interesting -- time travel, magic, demons, all the good stuff. I would put it in the YA category because it has the trademark "young teens save the day when adults can't" aspect of YA novels, but it was interesting enough for an adult reader, too. I would just recommend that you actually read this one. The audio recording quality ruined it for me.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.