It’s been a very busy couple of weeks, in spite of the Christmas holidays being in full swing! Amongst the festivities (which I spent abroad in Sweden – I’m actually writing this on the plane back!) I was given the chance to have a sneaky early peek at a copy of The Eye of the North, Sinead O’Hart’s first book!
Now, first off, I’d like to take a moment to talk about the cover of this book. It truly is an absolute work of art! You just can’t help but admire it!
But this book is far more than just a pretty cover for your bookshelf. It truly does have it all. Emmeline Widget is a twelve year old who is pretty much convinced her parents are trying to kill her – their house is full to the rafters tricks and traps. But when Emmeline receives a letter telling her that her parents are dead and she must immediately leave for Paris, she is swept into a world of krakens and airships, mysterious societies and evil nemeses. Will she reach the Eye of the North in time to save her parents?
This book is great if you enjoy books like Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy by Karen Foxlee, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snickett, or the Sinclair Mysteries by Katherine Woodfine. It’s quite steampunky, but in a completely different way to books such as Peter Bunzl’s Cogheart series: it’s more subtle, which works brilliantly for this type of story. That’s not to say there’s no action – far from it: this is a really good, fast paced story guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.
I’d absolutely recommend this book for your 10 – 13 year-old children, or even for anyone who enjoys steampunky themes.