Plot: Nick and his brother Alan have been running from magicians for as long as they can remember. Several years ago they lost their father and now all they can do is continue to run with their unstable mother in tow. It wasn’t a good life but they managed to keep one step ahead of the magicians until they encounter two other siblings, Jamie and Mae. Jamie has been marked for possession by a demon and he has unwittingly dragged the brothers into his troubles. Now, Nick is forced to move to the offensive in order to save not only Jamie and his brother, but also himself.
This was a very interesting novel though hardly one of the best I’ve read in recent memory. Nick, our narrator, is not exactly a sympathetic character, though the author does not mean him to be. He is cold, distant and hostile and this also colours how we see the others characters. Thus while Alan, Jamie and Mae have the potential to be interesting, we learn little about them. The story is well plotted however and the author has created an interesting mythology for her world. I suspected the mystery quite early on, indeed almost from the start, and yet I still enjoyed the ending. It was original with interesting implications. This is apparently the first in a trilogy, I’m curious as to where the story will go bit I can wait patiently for the next installment.
Am I the only one who thinks that the boy on the cover looks like Tom Welling from Smallville?