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Author: Jacob Grey
Publisher: Harper Collins UK, Children’s
Published: March 26th, 2014
What a great adventure story with good v evil, surprising abilities, new friends and great battles! In Blackstone, a dystopian city, thirteen year old Caw had been orphaned eight years ago when his parents threw him out of his bedroom window and he was taken by crows. Since then he’s been living in a tree house in the city park with some of his rescuers. He’s different to most children not only because of this but because he can actually talk to and understand the crows. Little did he know of the current threat to him and his way of life that are related in this fast paced, engaging story.
I believe this book will appeal to children and adults alike. It has characters with great hereditary traits that will intrigue and endear many of them to the reader. There are also some who abuse these traits and skills and it is up to the ‘good’ to overcome the ‘evil’ and save mankind.
I appreciated how the author slowly revealed the historical significance of events eight years ago to Caw, taking the reader along on this journey and helping them understand the dire nature of the developing situation following a jailbreak. The characters are well formed, complex and continue to grow as the story unfolds. It is great how the skills and abilities of all eventually have great significance and contribute to the fantastic finale. A book I have no hesitation in highly recommending to children and adults!
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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