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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
The Book of Time 2: The Gate of Days
by Guillaume Prevost
Age Range: 12+
In this second novel from the ‘Book of Time’ trilogy by French author Guillaume Prévost, Sam Faulkner needs to rescue his father who is stuck in 15th century Wallachia imprisoned in Vlad Tepes’s castle. Sam finds himself hiding in the Saint-Mary Museum trying to find seven coins he desperately needs in order to be able to travel back to the right year in time. The problem is that someone else knows his secret and they are following him through history.
Before Sam finally locates his father he experiences Ancient Greece and the oracle of Delphi, confronts a bear in prehistoric times, is in Pompeii at the time Vesuvius erupts and comes into contact with gangsters in 1930s Chicago where he meets his seven-year-old grandfather.
This time-travel adventure is as fast-paced as the first novel and ends on another cliff-hanger with the mystery still unsolved. This will be a popular read for all those fantasy lovers.