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Book Review: Crow’s Revenge By Marcus Alexander

Book Review: Crow’s Revenge By Marcus AlexanderCrow's Revenge (Keeper of the Realms, #1) on February 2nd 2012
Pages: 448
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I've just had a flesh-eating giant tearing around my house and now I'm in this strange land I don't know anything about'!Before she can untangle the mystery that will save Bellania, Charlie Keeper needs the answer to a life-changing secret her guardian, the dastardly Mr Crow, has been keeping from her ...Just who is Charlie Keeper?

Teen Book Review: Crow's Revenge By Marcus Alexander

Book Review

I recently became aware of this series when I won a copy of The Dark Army (Keeper of the Realms #2) from Goodreads and whilst I wasn’t too keen to get started on Crow’s Revenge, I was surprised to find that I was actually quite drawn into it from the opening pages.

In Crow’s Revenge, we meet Charlie Keeper, a young teenage girl who has lost her parents and lives with her grandma in a big shabby house. Her lawyer Mr Crow is a selfish man who constantly makes her sign forms without telling her what she is signing and she is convinced that he is stealing her family fortune. One day, Charlie finds a strange creature in her home, Jensen the treman. Of course, Charlie has no idea what a treman is but after going through several doors and corridors she has never explored before in her house, she discovers herself in Bellania, a whole new world, that she has entered via a portal in her house. She learns that she is a Keeper of the Realms which means that it is her duty to guard the portal between the human world and Bellania where magic exists. Trouble is brewing in Bellania though as Bane, an evil spirit, tries to capture Charlie and the pendant which is so precious to her. Just as Charlie was starting to think her life in London was really dull, she is thrust into a whole new world with new responsibilities.

The plot is really well thought out and there are several major twists along the way. I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next and begging for someone to explain how things worked in Bellania, a new world. It is impossible to know which characters are the good guys and which are the bad guys which keeps your attention focussed on looking out for the smallest clue that might help you figure it out. There are several plot strands working throughout Crow’s Revenge, all involving Charlie Keeper but also many other characters as well so there’s always a lot going on. My only complaint would be that I think the plot could’ve been condensed and the end of the book could have been reached a lot sooner. There was a lot of to-ing and fro-ing with the plot line and some parts seemed a little repetitive to me, despite the fantastic amounts of detail. There were a few parts that I thought were unnecessary that didn’t progress the plot in any way and I think I would’ve enjoyed the book a bit more had these extra parts been removed.

The characters were all really likeable, those you were supposed to like anyhow, which made me really root for these characters and their cause. The main character, Charlie, is an admirable character who has such spunk for someone so young. I felt like I’d gotten to know her character really well quite early on in the novel which made me feel closer to her as a character. She’s not a perfect character as she has her strops and can be a little selfish at times but she’s a young teenage girl so it seems justified. The fact that she’s not a perfect princess makes her all the more likeable and young girls reading this story will no doubt want Charlie Keeper to be their new best friend.

The description of the bad guys is really quite creepy and scary and the pictures to go alongside them don’t make me feel any less uneasy about them! There is such a great atmosphere in Crow’s Revenge and I was spooked out by several of the creepier passages in this story. The characters of Mr Crow and Bane, two of the most evil characters in the story, are also really fascinating and although you can’t like them as characters, I greatly enjoyed reading about them.

Marcus Alexander really does need to be commended for his excellent use of description. The world of Bellania, or even the ordinary London, is so vividly described that you can visualise every last detail of this new setting. There are also a few pictures along the way in this book which gives you even greater clarity as to what the different beasts and species are supposed to look like (rather helpful in some cases where the description was so in depth that my mind couldn’t keep up!). He has created so many different creatures, places, and ways of life that all need to be explained and he manages to do this without overloading the reader with new information.

What I would say, however, is that this book is aimed at the lower end of ‘young adult’ readers I would not recommend this book for children over the age of around 17. Although I could still appreciate the detailed descriptions and the intricate world that Marcus Alexander has built up, I did find the whole book rather childish at times and this made me feel a bit bored, but I think this was down to my age rather than the content itself. I imagine that a 14 year old would find this to be an incredibly interesting and stimulating read, however, in my opinion, this book is largely inaccessible to those that have progressed beyond their teen years.

All in all, Crow’s Revenge is a great read that has perhaps passed a little under the radar and should definitely be picked up by those interesting in fantasy in their teen years. Crow’s Revenge ends on a cliffhanger and there is clearly much more to come which I am rather excited for. I can’t wait to get started on the second book to see what new adventures lay in store for Charlie!

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21 Comments

  1. Rhian Westbury
    2nd February 2016 / 3:04 PM

    This book would have been perfect for me if it had come out about 10 years ago. There need to be more books like this for adults x

  2. Beth
    2nd February 2016 / 3:20 PM

    This sounds like a great book to read. I currently don’t read book at the moment as I am too busy with the kids!

  3. sarah Lea
    2nd February 2016 / 4:34 PM

    Ohhh this sounds like a fab book! I’ve not heard of it before. I also think perhaps my teenage son would like this. I usually give them a read before him and then pass them over ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. 2nd February 2016 / 5:22 PM

    oh this sounds right up my teens street I will have to ask her if she fancies reading it

  5. 2nd February 2016 / 6:26 PM

    I used to love novels like this and yes when I was 14 I was obsessed with reading YA novels I have so many at home. I haven’t read them in a while though.

  6. Leanne Dolan
    2nd February 2016 / 7:32 PM

    I’ve never read anything of this genre before! Although I tend to stick to the same thing when I pick new books to read.

  7. 2nd February 2016 / 8:12 PM

    Sounds like a very interesting book. I don’t usually read fantasy, but maybe I should change that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Renna
    2nd February 2016 / 9:07 PM

    Sounds fab, I really need to start reading again. I like fantasy fiction too.

  9. michelle
    2nd February 2016 / 10:09 PM

    One of my resolutions is to read again. this looks really good.

  10. 2nd February 2016 / 11:07 PM

    This sounds like the kind of book my bro or my friend might like. I’ll let them know.

  11. Jessica
    3rd February 2016 / 7:39 AM

    That looks a good read. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope I could get back with reading and make a review. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Elizabeth
    3rd February 2016 / 7:46 AM

    Such an intriguing looking cover! I have a teenage son who would probably love it if I picked him up a copy of this.

  13. 3rd February 2016 / 9:49 AM

    Loving the book cover, so fascinating. Sounds like a fab read too.

  14. My Make Up Life
    3rd February 2016 / 10:25 AM

    im loving the cover of the book! sounds like something i might pick up

  15. Hannah Malanga
    3rd February 2016 / 4:32 PM

    sounds like a good read. this is my sisters style of book

  16. 3rd February 2016 / 8:56 PM

    I wish this book was aimed more at adults, I’d have been interested to read this. Or perhaps my teenage self would have loved to read it ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  17. Ickle Pickle
    3rd February 2016 / 9:59 PM

    I think my teen son would like this book to. I wish I had time to read! Fab review. Kaz x

  18. Hello Beautiful Bear
    3rd February 2016 / 11:55 PM

    My cousin is reading this and loves it, I’ve read the back and admit it does sound intriguing X

  19. Amanda
    4th February 2016 / 7:08 AM

    I haven’t heard of this before, but I think I know someone who would love it. Thanks for the review!

  20. bericebaby
    4th February 2016 / 10:54 AM

    I wish I had more time to read longer books. I really like the sound of this one.
    Thanks for sharing hun
    Charlotte x

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