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With the witches free from Nowhere life has yet to return to normal for the Sinclairs. In fact, it's gotten a whole lot weirder. Abbey, Caleb, and Simon have been forbidden, by their parents, from going near the stones, but Abbey soon learns that her mother has been sneaking off in the early hours to use them. Caleb is still upset with Simon and Abbey for withholding information about his future, but when it's learned that Caleb has a secret of his own they reach a truce. Simon ends up in the hot seat for computer hacking and Caleb, Abbey, and Mark use the stones. What they uncover leads to more questions, which no one will answer. Mark has moved in with the Sinclairs since his mother's stroke and his map obsession plays a key role in uncovering the mystery of the stones. The trouble now is figuring out who they can trust, if anyone.
A Quill Ladder is every bit as good as the first book. I liked how the author included all the new characters that were revealed at the end of A Pair of Docks, but don't worry all the old characters are still present as well. I enjoyed learning more about Mark and that his vast knowledge of maps leads the kids to many new discoveries. He also seems to flourish as he begins exploring on his own and is able to employ techniques to help him in uncomfortable situations.
The author has a gift for spinning tales and readers will be intrigued by the clues as they are revealed and will find themselves trying to piece it all together along with the characters. A Quill Ladder is very well-written and my only disappointment was that the story came to an end. I am looking forward to book 3.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.
Having discovered that the strange stones take them to the future… and that multiple futures exist, Abbey, her twin Caleb, older brother Simon and friend Mark (probably with Asperger’s, and the one I find myself most at home with!) are beset with the problems that spilled over from the last book. Strange people who appear to threaten their existence, or at least their future existence; hints and messages from people who may, or may not have their best interests at heart, and in Mark’s case, a search for the missing maps. Mark is a mapaholic. Good man. But their world is topsy-turvy in the present, since their mother has been ousted from her hard-won role as mayor, all the effort she’s put into conserving the natural environment (one of which houses the stones), is being undone, and she appears to be tired and ill.
This is a very complex story that runs at a furious pace. Abbey is brilliant, way ahead of her school years, and Caleb and Simon are no slouches either. Since most of the narrative is seen through Mark or Abbey’s eyes, it can feel quite strange at times. I realised early on that I was all at sea with the various characters, since it is nearly two years since I read A Pair of Docks, and I was enormously grateful for Mark’s narrative, especially since he has a way of failing to remember people’s names, but labelling them as the bad man, the very very bad man, the nasty woman and the extremely bad men. That was the perfect description for me! There are puzzles galore for anyone that likes solving spatial puzzles, word puzzles, codes and diagrams.
The kindle copy also contains copies of the maps so important to Mark, which gives the reader plenty of extra help to visualise the multi-dimensional plot. Despite my occasional bemusement, the story is wholly compelling.
But it is a cliff-hanger. On no account should you try to read them out of order. Book 4 is scheduled for summer 2016.
It’s a brilliant series, and very mind-bending. Read it!