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The City Of Invention

The book reviews of UK children's author, Brian Keaney

Evocative But Chaotic Children's Fantasy

The Master Of The Fallen Chairs - Henry Porter

After the death of his mother, thirteen year old Kim goes to live with his guardian in Skirl,a huge old house situated in a remote Scottish glen. Skirl has been built on a chrolonogical fault line and Kim soon finds himself going backwards and forwards in time in a battle between good and evil. Forced to confront all sorts of ghosts and evil spirits , Kim is aided by a mysterious stanger with magical powers who turns up at the house claiming to be a long lost relative.

There is some evocative writing here and some good use of detail but there are far too many characters, too much is unexplained, some of the writing seems hurried and the editing is careless.