Monday, August 30, 2010
The Wolf Tree: Book 2 of the Clockwork Dark by John Claude Bemis
"Can you imagine eternal darkness, Sir?" A stranger asks this question, then collapses from sickness. They've been hiding and trying to stay safe, and now this happens...
This is the second book in this series (Book One is The Nine Pound Hammer), and the story is modelled after American folk tales and early American history. While this is fantasy, Mr. Bemis weaves his tale well and makes the story line plausible.
Ray and the other Ramblers have to find a way to stop the Gog's machine. It not only takes away the light, it transforms the people it is around. The man who dies at their home after talking about eternal darkness didn't have blood - he had oil in his veins!
With Gog's men pursuing them, the Ramblers set out to right the wrongs. There are two groups of Ramblers trying to save the world and neither one knows the others are also trying. Evil surrounds them all.
This book will keep your 9-12 year old child reading. There's lot of action and excitement, and the story ends open enough you know there will be another book in this series. I know I'd enjoy reading the next one, and I bet your child will, too!
Random House Children's Books provided me with a copy of this book for review (thank you). The book is presently on sale, so check it out at your local bookstore - and happy reading!