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| Genre: Dark Fantasy
| ISBN-10: 0553577239
| ISBN-13: 9780553577235
| Content: Witches, Dark Magic
| Publisher: Spectra (July 1, 2003)
| Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
| Source: Personal copy
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| Rating: 5 Stars
There are certain books that tug you back into their clutches time and time again. Often because they resonate with a certain mood or life circumstance. For me this is one of those books. It is dark, deep, spooky, mystical and above all a fascinating study of human nature.
I am not going to recap the story as the blurb does a good job of doing that all on its own. Too good of a job actually. Instead I am going to tell you why I love this book so much that I've worn out my first copy and had to replace it.
The tale centers around a lonely young boy who is haunted by a ghost. A malicious ghost at that. His father is distant, rarely at home and his mother is quite insane. It is obvious from the very start that a big black cloud looms over this family. Long before you learn his secret, a bond is created and not only do you start to really care about Tobin but you desperately want to know his story. I love, love, love character driven fantasy and this story is at the top of my list of favorites.
This saga has more twists and turns than a slinky and it is a prime example of dark fantasy at its very best. The cost of Tobin's secret identity comes at a steep price and one that makes you question it's worth. In addition to being a great example of character fantasy it does one more thing exceptionally well. It makes you think. And I don't mean just while you are reading it. I mean for days, weeks, years even. I bought my original copy back in 2003 and I still haven't come completely to terms with all of the issues this book and series explores. It is likely I never will.
If you are in the mood for a dark, creepy, gender bending exploration of human nature, want to explore the lengths people will go to protect what they love and read an entirely different take on "coming of age" I highly recommend this book.
Book Two ~ Book Three
Librarything Rating 4.15/5
Amazon Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars
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