Pub Date 02 Mar 2017
“The day Alice met the twins her life changed for ever. Not like the day she cut her hair off and hated it. Or the even the day her father told her she had to spend six months in Australia. No, this was a big change, a huge change – almost, you could say, an impossible one. Because it was the day she got mixed up in Middengard. The day she stepped into the prophecy. Not that she knew that. Not then.”
Fifteen year-old Alice Morgan is homesick and miserable, out of place with her rich relatives in Melbourne. All she wants to do is return to England and solve the mystery of her mother’s disappearance.
But you should be careful what you wish for. When Alice is unwittingly lured to Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance, she finds herself in Middengard, a realm hidden from the world of men and peopled by an ancient warrior race, the Hilderinc. To make matters worse, her cousin Toby and her annoying friend Jess have followed her, putting their own lives in jeopardy.
Placing her trust in the aloof girl-warrior Iris and Iris’s father Stanor, Alice is astonished to learn that the pendant left to her by her mother is one of the Doom Stones, powerful stones needed to protect both Middengard and the world of men from destructive forces.
Soon Alice, Toby and Jess become embroiled in a battle to help the Hilderinc defeat one of their own, a rebel intent on upsetting the balance of power. But how does Alice’s mother fit in? As Alice learns more about Middengard and her part in it, she has to make the hardest choice of her life: rescue her mother or save Toby and Jess.
Amazon reviews from readers (on Australian and UK sites) all 5 stars:
The book draws you in from the first few pages and holds your interest to the end. The story takes you from Australia to England, and to the mystical world of Middengard. Very well written and peopled with memorable characters, many times I couldn't put it down. I was not expecting what happened at the end, and it sets the scene for the coming books in the series.
This is such a great read. I really enjoyed it. If you’re into YA portal adventures and like reading about worlds that draw on less familiar mythologies, you’re going to like this one. The setting and characters are very strong and I was with Alice in her transition from England to Australia and into Middengard. I’m looking forward to the next volume and certainly hope that Wilson keeps writing in this genre.
Beautifully written characters and incredible description of landscapes and mythology. The author draws you in and keeps you from beginning to end. Exciting, enjoyable read for all. Can't wait for the next book!!
This is the next Harry Potter, with the iconic saga type setting of Lord of the Rings, and deserves to be as successful. Modern Australian life is beautifully balanced with the Saga setting of Middengard and is presented with humour and poise. Middengard is a place you won't want to leave and won't easily forget.
Fascinating read which brings you into an alternative universe that you don't want to leave.
Looking forward to the next book. Highly recommend reading this book.
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It’s a fantastic novel – incredibly commercial and market relevant. I have asked the team at Matchbox Pictures to review and assess as a TV or film for an international audience. Well worth reading.