Evil Afoot

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Amanda Craig begins her review of Abhorsen by Garth Nix and Montomorency On The Rocks by Elizabeth Updale (from yesterday's Times) by asking "Where does evil come from? If adult fiction rarely asks this, children's fiction never fails to, and shows it as external, imposed upon innocense."
Rather a bold generalisation, that ;-)

Of Abhorsen, she says: "Though at times the plot makes it feel too much like a computer game, the evocative prose and strong sense of character lift Abhorsen into a thrillingly complex, metaphysical adventure that oozes menace and mystery."

In Updale's sequel to her first Montmorency book, she "excels at catching the nature of male friendship, period details and keeping her plot rattling along between London and the Hebrides. But something of the atmospheric strangeness of the first is missing. It has become a little too close to an adult novel."

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