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Demon Witch (The Ravenscliff Series, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – June 29, 2004

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Book 2 of 3 in the Ravenscliff Series

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“Seriously scary...Best described as Buffy meets teenage Goosebumps...Not for the squeamish!” (Sunday Times (London)) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Geoffrey Huntington lives in a house by the sea not far from where the ghost of a pirate is said to eternally walk the cliffs in search of his lost gold. He is the author of Sorcerers of the Nightwing: Book I of the Ravenscliff Series, which introduced the world to the young sorcerer Devon March. Under another name, he is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction.

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Product Details

  • Series: Ravenscliff (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060595515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060595517
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,024,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geoffrey Huntington lives in a house by the sea near to the place where, three hundred years ago, a pirate ship sunk below the waves. The screams of the doomed men can still be heard from Geoffrey's window on windy nights. As a boy, Geoffrey became fascinated by the world that exists on the other side of our own. His inspirations and influences have always been a myriad lot. Lovecraft. Tolkein. Buffy. Harry Potter. Quantum Leap. The original Dark Shadows. Tintin. The Turn of the Screw. Alfred Hitchcock. The Twilight Zone. The X Files. Dr. Who. Bram Stoker's Dracula. Marv Wolfman's Dracula. Nosferatu. James Whale's Frankenstein films. Anne Rice. Stephen King. Tod Browning's Freaks. The Exorcist. The Blair Witch Project. The Grudge. Silent Hill. Lara Croft. Indiana Jones. Star Wars. Star Trek. Under other names, Geoffrey writes suspense and horror novels as well as many works of nonfiction.

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Geoffrey Huntington's second Ravenscliff book lives up to the promise of the first. It's a dark fantasy triumph with a new and nastier villain, plenty of ugly demons, and ambiguous characters galore. Though a few plot twists are broadcast way in advance, it's a solid sequel that doesn't slip into the same sort of plot as the first book.
At Ravenscliff, Devon March meets the new caretaker -- a gnome. Devon is shocked when the supposedly friendly Bjorn Forkbeard directs him to the Stairway Through Time, which takes him to what seems to be a Hellhole. To make things worse, Edward Muir (Alexander's father) shows up with his new fiancee, Morgana, who seems to have a certain druglike effect on the men around her. Cecily and her mother loathe Morgana instantly, which puts Devon's new relationship to the test.
That's the last thing Devon needs, because he has been hearing strange laughter and weeping, and demons are creeping through Ravenscliff. Isobel the Apostate, a powerful witch burned five hundred years ago by the Nightwing sorcerers, has returned to open the Hellhole. To make things worse, Devon has a hideous vision of demons overrunning Ravenscliff and killing his friends -- and is told that he will cause that to happen. To save the present from Isobel, he will travel through time and space to medieval England-- and learns a hideous truth about his own past.
The Ravenscliff series is darker, grittier and more twisted than the Harry Potter series and similar fantasy tales. It's New England gothic without being over-the-top, complete with haunted houses, graveyards, weird caretakers and undead sorcery. Somehow, Huntington manages to avoid being bogged down in cliche -- although his cliffhanger will leave readers howling.
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The second book in the Ravenscliff series lives up to the promise of the first. It's essentially a dark fantasy/Gothic fantasy series, similar in style (if not in tone) to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. The protagonist, Devon March, is a member of a powerful clan of sorcerers called the Nightwing, a branch of which has a home base in Ravenscliff Castle (hence the title).

THE GOOD
The villain in this series is pretty awesome. Her secret identity is a bit obvious, but that in no way detracts from her dramatic potential. While Jackson Muir, the antagonist from the previous book, was creepy and insinuating, the demon witch Isobel was much more direct and in-your-face. She hammers at Devon almost relentlessly and even when you think she's down for the count she pops back up for another round, like a Whack-a-mole game in a tight dress.

Devon's friends, the "Scoobies" of the series, gain a much bigger role. We finally get some insight as to the mysterious pentagram on Marcus's face. D.J. and Devon even get a few one-on-one scenes that establishes their friendship as distinct. Devon's budding relationship with Cecily is explored and ties in with the plot, and we get more insight into Cecily's character and how growing up in the world of Ravenscliff. Perhaps the most interesting piece of development (for secondary characters, that is) comes when we finally meet Alexander Muir's father. While Alexander himself is largely absent from this book -- he appears far less often than he did in the first book -- once you meet his father you start seeing the little booger in a whole new (hopefully sympathetic) light.

Huntington very cleverly weaves in details from real history to add verisimilitude to his story. The scenes in Mr.
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By Lisa D on January 5, 2014
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I remember coming across the first book in the series when I was a teen and it left such a good impression on me that I always made it my duty to try to find the second book in stores (teen=no credit card) to no avail!! It was creative and full of action and made you THINK. Damnnn so fast forward yearrssssss later, I reordered the first book again.... Happy times :)

Then got to book 2.......

Disappointing!! The first one was impeccable! The second one made me realize/think that the writer was just buying time so he can save it all for his '100th' book.... Too many things were repetitive (like a reviewer mentioned before- get on with it). He kept on going on about monsters in his closet 'O you don't know what it's like'... That he is the one 100th generation.... If you ask me, the characters loved gloating and boasting bout their abilities or backgrounds which grew sickening as it was REDUnDaNT!

Finally... Tonight as I read the last page in book 2..... I prayed to find out something .. any bloody thing that could tell me about this lil boy from Cole Junction. I wanted to know just as bad as he did but the writer never threw that bone for his audience and has possibly lost me as a fan? Many things he mentions after the fact that was never mentioned before... Fillers??? Yet NOTHING answered just more and more questions!

The fight was mediocre and lacked juice. He bought time.

I'm not giving any thing specific..... No spoilers. But you are warned it can get very irritating! I highly doubt I will be buying the 3rd.....
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