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Flood and Fang - Marcus Sedgwick (book review)



Book: Flood and Fang
Author: Marcus Sedgwick
Genre: Children's, Fantasy, Gothic
Published By: Orion Children's Books
Published Year: 2009

Having read others in the series for The Raven Mysteries by Marcus Sedgwick I thought I would read the first book in the series for the first time and I am glad that I did. This book is perfect for children and one that I enjoyed reading.

This book coming from the ravens perspective instead of from a human is a great way of changing the way this book is written compared to others of it's kind. Having it also more of a gothic read is great and appeals to children who are looking for something a little darker than other stories. I do find the mystery is great and not having the answer till the end of the book keeps the attention of the reader and makes them want to carry on reading to see what happens next also by adding suspense it created a need to continue the novel. Also by having short chapters it is easy to only have small amount of reading and able to keep the attention very easily as a result of this. By also having at the start of each chapter a little fact about the castle Otherhand and the people in which inhabit it makes this book unique and gives more of an insight into those who are involved with the story without making whole chapters about them.

I do wish that there was more about the monster and under the castle as it isn't really touched upon even though it is a key part to this book especially with the ending which did make me bother me a little as it could have had more about how this changed the castle. I also think that some of the words are a little large for a children's book and could confuse them a little.

Overall, this is a good mystery novel for children and one that I am happy to have picked up. I also believe that this is great for children who is looking for a darker, more gothic novel to read. I am happy to have read this and would definitely read more of the series of books.

My Rating: 4/5 

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