Creeping Shadow by Caroline Peckham

A very entertaining and readable young adult adventure.

When their mother mysteriously disappears, 16-year-old Oliver and his adopted sister May are sent to stay with a grandfather they’ve never met. Grandad has a lot of secrets which he’d rather keep from them, but when May’s life is threatened by black magic, he reveals he’s a mage who controls a gateway which connects Earth to other worlds. Worlds they must travel to, to save May’s life.

Very readable throughout with few editing errors, this is an engaging story with dark family secrets adding interest to an otherwise slightly formulaic plot. Funny names, strange foods, and bizarre creatures give a distinct Harry-Potter-esque feel. Reading this won’t change your life, but it would brighten up a rainy afternoon.

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