Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Review: The Wyrm Conspiracy - Rich Middleton
"A gripping new fantasy thriller for teenagers. When Emily and Sam accidentally witness a failed attempt to capture a mythical monster - a wyrm - they are plunged into a nightmare of conspiracy and betrayal that could lead to the end of everything they know. Can they solve the clues hidden in relics of the past and stop the terrifying Old King Coel from returning to wreak his revenge? Can they even escape from the legions of possessed Wardens chasing them? And is Emily's dad really in league with the enemy?"
I downloaded this book for Kindle costing 77p, and it had me turning off the computer so that I could read it. People who know me will know how difficult it is to dislodge me from my computer games. In a word, this book is brilliant.
I was gripped from the beginning. Written for younger readers it's easy to follow, the imagery vivid, but it is full of twists and turns and is entirely captivating. At the end of each chapter I was compelled to read on to find out what happens, very few of the chapters ending without a bit of a cliff-hanger.
The plot is fairly simple, and the protagonists follow predictable patterns in their thoughts, but it's still an extremely enjoyable read. We care about the characters, and even the fact that they are children, doesn't require a suspension of belief - it's because they are children that they can progress in their adventure in the way they do, and it is key to the whole tale.
It's a rip-roaring, non-stop adventure, and the reader is carried from one crisis to the next, and I would love to see this in film.
It's set in what seems to be a modern day alternative universe, or a technologically advanced fantasy world. The story set in Wormwell, a town similar to Venice, with canals instead of streets, and all transportation is by watercraft, the reason for which becomes apparent as the book comes to a conclusion - as all things are explained and loose ends tied up nicely.
The last lines of the book even give scope for the sequel, Worm Gold, yet to be released, but one which I will be waiting eagerly for.