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Creighton Hill (Time Captives Book 1) Kindle Edition
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A land will appear,
The wind through the trees
Bird song loud and clear,
Though all this seems pleasant,
Things aren't as they seem.
A stryte rules this country,
But now hope gleams.
Ten at the first and four at the last,
From foreign parts traveling fast,
Defeat the strytes, for this is your quest.
You will not go home till you've done your best."
Meet the Hubbard's. For the last 200 years a child of the age of 12 has disappeared every 20 years. It is now the year 2000. Who is next? Having grown up listening to Grampa's stories, Allan (12), Jill (11) and Joey (10) all believed his tales. Emily (14), forever the skeptic and a truly obnoxious teenager is very disdainful. Anna, the youngest sibling believes but she is not seeing the magic writing like the other four. With Grampa now deceased, the family is living at Creighton Hall. It is not long before they are going through the portal in the attic to a new and dangerous world. They will meet the kalicans, pirates and most dangerous, the strytes, who are a race that do not like humans or merpeople so capture and enslave them.
As the children's story develops, the author also takes us back in time to spend some time with George, the first Time Captive, and Abigail who lived for 40 years with the kalicans. George is imprisoned in Crannig Castle with Camthalion, an elven scholar who has been tasked to study the Time Captives and see why they do not age. The country is ruled by King Mudan and Queen Toarna.
A well-written book for youngsters. We read it aloud to our 7, 10 and 14 year old. IMPORTANT to note that this book does not have an ending. It is a part of a trilogy and you will be left begging for more at the end! It is a Christian book but not overly heavy. If you like the Chronicles of Narnia you will most likely enjoy this. We have already started reading the second book in the series so I would definitely recommend this one. I purchased this book for my Kindle. I was not required to write a review but chose to do so. Thanks, Liz
When Joey and his siblings move into Creighton Hill with their parents, they're not sure what to expect. Will one of them one day mysteriously vanish as Aunt Bethany and other ancestors had? Grandpa had told them the story over and over - Something was special about Creighton Hill. Father and Mother brush off the stories. Others sneer and scoff. But then they see the strange light ...
This tale was really a lot of fun for me to read! *smiles* Short-ish and adventurous; keeping my attention. I LOVE Narnia, so meeting some more children who have crazy adventures including time travel (er, realm travel), and fantasy worlds was fabulous! On that note, Creighton Hill does have similarities and the potential to interest Narnia fans, but it's also it's own, unique story! ^_^
We journey along with Joey, who is an average little boy, I think. He does enjoy picking fights with his sister. Hmm ... may remind me of my own little brother, *wink*. The book also jumps into the past a bit, looking through the point of view of several Hubbard ancestors. While I would have liked more time with Joey and his siblings, it was fun to have a bit of historical tales entwined through this book.
The fantasy world ... really cool! The whole concept of Time Captives, really cool as well! *grins*
Overall, I'm intrigued. Creighton Hill was a fun adventure, introducing us to a bigger, (I'm sure), adventure that's most certainly to come in the next book! Looking forward to reading more!
Creighton Hill, with the Time Captives the series itself is named for, did.
I've been following this author for a while now, and quite enjoyed her first novel, Across the Stars, though there was definite room for improvement, so when she asked for ARC reviewers for Creighton Hill, I volunteered.
The heart of the story is pretty typical of the genre, a group of kids are pulled from this world into another one, and at the bidding of a prophecy, sent to fight some terrible evil with some really neat weapons. However, instead of all of the kids coming from the present day, saving the world, then popping back to discover that no time has passed at all, the Hubbard family has had a child go missing every generation since the 1800's.
Even more interesting is the fact that once the children arrive in Calhortea, time looses all affect on them, leaving them frozen at the age of twelve, and impervious to most injuries.
Most of the book is about Joey and his siblings, who are the modern generation of Hubbards. They're your typical Christian family, apart from the fact that they've had aunts and uncles disappearing for the two hundred years. However, there are flashbacks to George and Abigail, who had been two of the first to disappear.
The world itself was delightfully unique and well-built. We mostly get to know the Strytes and Kalicans in this book, but I'm looking forward to meeting more interesting creatures in the sequels.
I think the only issue I had with the book was that, at times, the conversations were a bit stiff. However, the sheer high-concept idea more than made up for it in my mind.
Also, a few of the characters were a bit flat, but with the sheer number that were in the book, it was hard to give them all proper development - I look forward to getting to know them better in the successive books.
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