Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sorcerers of the Nightwing (The Ravenscliff #1) by Geoffrey Huntington

Sorcerers of the Nightwing (The Ravenscliff #1)
In  house haunted by the paranormal, only one boy stands in the way of the nightmares.

Devon March has grown up knowing two things: the monsters in the closet are real, and he is stronger than they are. But at fourteen years old, he still doesn’t know why.

Now an orphan, Devon has been sent to live at Ravenscliff Manor with the foreboding Amanda Muir Crandall, her troubled nephew Alexander, and her feisty daughter Cecily. In the dark seaside mansion, plagued by ghosts, Devon learns the answers to at least some of his questions. Namely, his birthright as a sorcerer of the Order of the Nightwing, a three-thousand-year-old tradition of mysticism and magic, with roots that run deep in Ravenscliff. Living in the most mysterious place in a small town filled with colorful characters, Devon will have to quickly decide who he can trust, as Ravenscliff’s worst nightmare is about to return – and Devon is the last line of defense.
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication Date: June 18, 2013
Kat's Review
I have to admit, I requested this book on the basis of this cover alone. It looked creepy but interesting, and I was in the mood for something that fit that bill.  I wasn't convinced that I would like it at the beginning, but as the book got going and the storyline started to unfold, I found myself drawn deeper and deeper into the book.
When Devon's father dies, he's sent to live with a guardian he's never heard of, in an old mansion run by a woman determined to keep its secrets hidden. Devon's appearance seems to set off strange occurrences within the house, and Devon quickly realizes that if he doesn't figure out how to unravel the mystery of who he is, that he could be in grave danger. There's a whole cast of interesting characters here, both dead and alive, and the story gets better and better as it goes along. I made the mistake of reading some of the book at night, and my fear of clowns may have grown exponentially. So much so that I won't even post the other cover for the novel.
I think that this is the start of an interesting series, great for teens or older readers who enjoy YA. Devon finds an ally in the daughter of his guardian, and manages to find a group of friends who keep him grounded, while at the same time he is delving into his past. He realizes just how much his adoptive father didn't tell him, and how important it is for him to figure it all out. The way the story plays out is actually pretty engrossing, and there are enough secrets to keep the reader guessing right up to the end.
Rating: Worth a Look
This book was a pleasant surprise for me. The storyline got stronger as the book progressed, and there were some serious creeptastic moments in there. I'm really looking forward to the sequel.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.

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