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Sorcerers of the Nightwing (The Ravenscliff Series, Book 1) Hardcover – August 6, 2002

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Series: Ravenscliff (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Regan Books; 1st edition (August 6, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060014253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060014254
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,101,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 6-9-All his life, Devon March, 14, has known he has special talents and that the monsters under the bed and in the closet are real. On his deathbed, his father confesses that Devon is adopted and must seek his identity and future. He is sent to live at Ravenscliff, a seaside estate with secrets of its own, under the guardianship of Mrs. Amanda Muir Crandall. He learns that he is a sorcerer in the Order of the Nightwing, an order that uses mysticism and magic to guard Hellholes and defend against the evil spirits of the world. He is attracted to Cecily Crandall, a likable teen, thus lending a touch of romance to the story. Possessed by an evil ancestor, Cecily's younger cousin, Alexander Muir, almost overshadows Devon's role as protagonist and often provides the plot twists that move the story along. This first book in a new series is a dark, moody, and sometimes frightening tale with many questions and few answers. If some of the important information is too long in coming, readers will lose interest.
Molly S. Kinney, Office of Public Library Services, Atlanta, GA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 7-10. Although published by an adult press, the first volume in the Ravenscliff series is clearly better suited to younger readers: the main characters are in high school; the horror is fairly tame in comparison with the usual gory adult fare; and there's nothing subtle about the good-versus-evil goings-on. But don't mistake this for a "new" Harry Potter despite some similarities (adopted boy learns to tame inherited magical powers, seeks parents, finds friends, and fights horrible demon who wishes to return from banishment). It lacks both the depth and the cleverness of Rowling's stories, drawing most of its horrific elements straight from such readily identifiable sources as The Wizard of Oz ("Just click your heels, and you will go where you want to go"), Superman, and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (of course, without the wicked sex). Still, horror fiction is in short supply for this age group, and although this isn't great, the familiar allusions and melodramatic action (and occasional satire) will help sell it, as will the ongoing mystery about the future and past of a teenage hero who needs only to tell himself "I'm stronger than they are" to make things happen. For collections where horror fiction is in demand. REVWR
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More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

The book was worth reading it kept you wandering through the whole book.
Debbie Spurgeon
Fast paced, engaging story line by a wonderfully inventive author makes for a highly enjoyable read.
Benjamen Filipowicz
I can't wait to read the next installment to find out what happens next to him! :)
Elizabeth J.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A young boy with a mysterious past and strange powers, with a plucky sidekick and evil forces that want him dead. Harry Potter? Nope, it's the teenage hero of the new dark fantasy "Ravenscliff Series." Geoffrey Huntington weaves together gothic elements with an intriguingly murky plot about evil ghosts, disguised demons, and a budding sorcerer that teens will love.
Devon March is not like other boys: He hears voices, can move and affect things with his mind, and the things that go bump in his closet are for real. Ever since he was little, he has been pursued by demons which his father always assured him he was stronger than them. But when his father dies, revealing that Devon is adopted, he is sent to live with the weird Muir family in their rambling seaside mansion of Ravenscliff. There is the cold Mrs. Crandall, her energetic daughter Cecily, and mischievous nephew Alexander, not to mention the creepy caretaker Simon and charming, secretive competitor Rolfe Montaigne (great name!).
And Devon's problems only get worse. Demons begin to up their attacks on him and those around him, and he starts to suspect that the precocious Alexander may not be merely mischievous, or even destructive -- he may be the conduit for a vengeful presence seeking to release demons from the Hellhole. To battle the evil forces in his new home, Devon will learn his true nature as a sorcerer, and may find the keys to his past.
Really good dark fantasy (or fantastic horror, or whatever) is a very rare thing because the authors usually just throw one shock after another at the readers. Huntington, on the other hand, utilizes gothic cliches (the sinister mansion with a tragic past, abandoned towers with lights, the weird caretaker) with the excellent idea of the Sorcerers of the Nightwing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Capehart VINE VOICE on September 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If the writers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and J K Rowling collaborated on a book in the Dark Shadows house...this would likely be the outcome. Devon, raised by a single father, has always been different. "Things" live in his closet, and he has unreliable "powers." His father assures him Devon will always be stronger than the demons that attack him.
When his father dies and the Devon learns he was adopted, the 14 year-old is sent to live with strangers at a wickedly spooky house atop a cliff in the aptly named Misery Point. Ravenscliff is the house and all its denizens freely admit it is haunted. Devon learns his past is connected to the house...and the ghosts who have never harmed anyone before start to act up.
An excellent addition to the creepy-clown subgenre of horror, this exciting read, while nothing startlingly new, is well worth the time. And the promise of future volumes is a plus. The story does drag a wee bit in places, but this is the author's first for young people (he's written adult novels under another name).
This book also has a killer website. Any teen who sees the site will want the book immediately. Just type in the name of the house (mentioned above) and you'll see!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
After his father's death, fourteen year old Devon March is sent to his new home in New England - the huge and forbidding mansion Ravenscliff, that all the townspeople he meets on his way warn him against travelling to. But Devon is not as afraid of his future as others in his shoes would be: he knows he is gifted with a special power, a power that protected him from the very real demons and monsters that he had dwelling in his cupboard and under his bed as a child. Now, he seeks to find who he is, and why such things happen to him, for on his death bed, his father claimed he was not his biological father. Guided by the calm and powerful Voice in his head, that grants to him his own brand of magic, Devon is eagar to begin his investigation.
At Ravenscliff are a host of intriguing characters waiting for him - the glamourous Mrs Crandall, his new guardian, who undoubtably knows more than she's saying, and her daughter Cecily, in whom Devon hopes to find a friend. As well as this is the unfriendly manservant Simon and Mrs Crandell's nephew Alexander - a violent and disfunctional boy who spends all his time watching a replusive clown on the television and seems to both hate and like Devon. And on top of all this is Old Mrs Crandell, the somewhat senile old woman who's spent several years in her bedroom, seeing no one but her daughter.
And outside the grim seaside mansion is the elusive figure of Rolfe Montaigne, who has a connection to the house's secrets and the death of two young people several years before.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RICHARD MANDRACHIO on September 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Forget Harry Potter; leave him for the kiddies. In Devon March we finally receive the literary (male) equivalent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However, the denizens of Ravenscliff, particularly the adults, are quite diverse and a lot more fascinating than those who inhabit Sunnydale. Ironic, given that the actual target here is a teenaged audience. Being the first of a series, and more or less of an introduction, these characterizations are not as well developed as I would have liked. Though I'm certain that with the next installment they will evolve, as will their relationships and the mysteries contained therein. Consequently, comparisons to Dark Shadows are inevitable but this could only be for the best. After all, what could prove more unsettling than family members who may not be quite who or what they seem to be. Furthermore, the chronological aspects of the Muir family tree is nicely handled. The author succeeds in creating, through them, a creepy gothic atmosphere without relying on stereotypical villains. This tension keeps the reader in suspense as to when or where the next demon will appear. The continuation of this saga of the Sorcerers of the Order of the Nightwing is surely something to look forward to.
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