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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!
This is the beginning of a trilogy about Emily, Allan, Jill, and Joey Hubbard. They grew up listening to their grandfather’s tales of how every twenty years a twelve year old Hubbard disappeared. When their grandpa dies their parents decide to move to Creighton Hill. Allan, Jill, Joey, and their little sister Anna want to learn more about the mysterious disappearances. Emily thinks its hogwash. But none of them really believe until they start seeing strange writing saying queer things on secret doors. They need to find out what happened to their ancestors and help them, if they can.
This was a great book. I mean, great. It also ended fantastically. Why, oh why, did it have to end that way? It has a definitive Narnian flair that I really enjoyed. I don’t read too many books about siblings, and this certainly had that aspect to it. This was such a refreshing read. The storyline and plot were great. I can’t wait to see where this story ends up. I loved how Christianity was added subtly but didn’t sound preachy. It seemed so natural in this book.
I loved the characters (I think George was my favorite). They all had a different, unique personality. Then the elves, the kalicans, the mermen, and all the other nonhuman species and creatures were just awesome. It has a really great start to a fun new world. I am excited to read more.
This book is absolutely geared more toward kids, but all can read and enjoy this book just the same. I recommend this to anyone who reads any sort of fiction, whether it be fantasy or science fiction, dystopian or romance. This is more of a fantasy book, but you’ll love it.
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The concept of "Time Captives" was incredibly fascinating and literally had me glue to my seat!Read more