Tuesday, 6 July 2010

9+: Fen Runners - John Gordon


Wintertime in the moody, atmospheric mists of East Anglia. Diving into the cold, murky water of a lake, Kit and Joe find an elaborate patten - a Fen word for ice skate. Its return to the surface is not widely welcomed and, as it emerges, the story of how the skate became detached from its owner fifty years ago leads the boys deep into a chilling mystery whose conclusion is yet to be played out. What could have been surging up through the ice that day half a century past that so frightened young Tom Townley? Why has Tom suffered constantly from nightmares and visions of beings who make no noise, but so menacingly watch? Who are they watching now - and why?


Set against the unique backdrop of the Norfolk Fens this dark tale of a mysterious find blends the best of fantasy with a broad mystery. The characters are outstanding with the principle protagonists being not only realistic but fully rounded. The dialogue is reasonable, the story arc interesting but perhaps the best part of this authors writing is his prose, its sparse but allows the reader to fill in a lot of the details with moderate ease. A great book that will win a large number of fans.

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