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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)
Oksa Pollock 2: The Forest of Lost Souls
by Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf
Age Range: 12+
It is the last day of term and Oksa Pollock is really looking forward to the school holidays and some rest and recuperation after her epic battle with Orthon McGraw.
But her best friend Gus has vanished without a trace. Discovering that he has accidentally been impictured, instead of her, she and a band of her fellow Runaways, including the moody, mysterious Tugdual, her father Pavel, grandfather Leomido, Gus’ father Pierre, Abakum, the plump 2.5 feet tall Lunatrixa, the Squoracle and the Incompetent, go to his rescue in a secret, parallel world. There the group must pass through several levels, pushing them to the limits of their endurance as they encounter challenges from the elements as well as an assortment of horrific creatures, and face their own personal demons, in a desperate attempt to rescue Gus and return to London.
Meanwhile in Bigtoe Square, Oksa’s grandmother, Dragomira is struggling to cope with betrayal from one of their inner circle, the loss of the Goranov, a strange looking plant with mysterious powers and the kidnap of Oksa’s mother Marie.
In book one; The Last Hope Oksa discovered that she has some amazing powers; producing fire from her hands, moving objects with her mind and flying. She is a feisty heroine who is always able to rise to the challenge no matter how hard.
As Oksa confronts these new and terrifying dangers with great fortitude she is forced to accept some heart-breaking choices as she tries to protect those she loves from her enemies and from each other.
Fantasy lovers will enjoy this second volume in the Oksa saga by French authors Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf. The story is carefully crafted, with lots of action and intricate detail. It is a real page-turner and translator Sue Rose has done another excellent job of captured all the complexities within the story. Readers can continue to follow Oksa’s adventures in The Heart of Two Worlds, volume three, published in October 2014.