I stumbled upon this book while looking up CDs by a band named Nadja. Intrigued by what I was seeing on the library’s website, I decided to pick up a couple of this newly-discovered author’s works.
Of course, not having any expectations certainly helped, but I found the story intriguing and, although I’m not that keen on its crude poster paint artwork, it managed to bring the story across quite adequately. Honestly, I suspect that children wouldn’t care either way – and this is clearly meant for children.
Not to say that this is a childish book. Not at all. In fact, in some ways, it’s akin to a less magical or offbeat ‘Labyrinth’ (and, thankfully, also with less ‘David Bowie’ in it – look up my blurb on ‘Labyrinth’ to understand what I mean ). So it’s not necessarily unappealing to adults; it really depends on one’s sensibilities, is all.
The weakest point of the book is its sense of time; I rarely had a proper impression of how much time had elapsed. In fact, sometimes it seemed all wrong: for instance, at one point, one character was busy for only a couple of minutes, but then it was clear that another character had been gone for much longer. Otherwise, the storytelling is generally good.
For me, the story got less interesting when we got into the alternate reality/fantasy world, beyond the hidden wall – but it appealed to enough so that I’m curious to know where this will go. Actually, I’ve since requested the last two volumes of this trilogy and eagerly await their arrival.