The Ghost Roads by Eoin McNamee. A Ring of Five Book.
Wendy Lamb Books
Publication Date: August 2012
List Price: $16.99
Review: Do you like fast-paced, suspenseful, and giant battle types of books? Well if you do The Ring of Five: The Ghost Roads is the perfect one for you. The Ghost Roads is the overwhelming conclusion in the Ring of Five trilogy. It is written by Eoin McNamee who has also written The Navigator trilogy and Resurrection Man. The main character is Danny Caulfield who is a spy.
The treaty has been broken and two worlds (the Lower and Upper worlds) are about to go to war caused by Ambrose Longford, the leader of the Ring of Five. Danny Caulfield is the only one who can stop them. Danny is the most powerful human being alive, considering he has the power of the fifth, a power like no other. When Danny realizes that his ÒmotherÓ was captured he goes to rescue her and that is when uses his power, destroying everything there. He then is on the run and meets the travelers who guide him to Longford in the Upper world. There Longford corners Danny and tries to make Danny use his power to start the war but it backfires on him. He then meets up with a friend named Nala and quickly travels by boat to Wilsons, a school for spies that is the thread still holding the two worlds together. They arrive at Wilsons to find it is almost at its doom. Will they survive? Find out in The Ring of Five: The Ghost Roads.
I would rate this book an 8.9 from a scale from 1-10. What I loved about this book is the plot that will grab you and not let go. It was exciting, suspenseful, and fast-paced, like the giant battle at the end. I also like the mind-blowing description used by the author to help me visualize the setting and characters. His work also created a mood, for example when Les and Dixie were on the roof about to die it was heart-breaking. Another thing I love about this novel is the characters traits. For example: the main character, Danny, is round and dynamic since he changes at the end. Because he is round it helps me understand why he does what he does. Danny is also my favorite character because I like the way he acts and reacts to things around him, plus I like his guts. I treasured the cliff-hangers that were present at the end of the chapter, it left me not wanting to put the book down and not stop reading. There was one bad thing in this book, too. There was one time when I didn't even know what was happening. That was when the plot was a little too confusing.
I would think this is a book for kids 10+ because it would be hard for kids under 10 to understand the book. All in all this was one of the best books I have ever read. This is a must read book that everyone will love.
Review written by Ronak (6th grade student).
We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of The Ghost Roads for this review.
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