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Annotation: Pursued by two ruthless men of the High Council of Albiom, fifteen-year-old Kate Winters discovers that she is one of the Skilled, a rare person who can see through the veil between the living and the dead.
Catalog Number: #4941754
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Pages: 311 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-06-202642-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-202642-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2010025823
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Subject Heading:
Dead. Fiction.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Right from the prologue, in which a woman smashes open a long-buried coffin to steal a powerful book called Wintercraft from the bones within, this dystopian fantasy delivers action, terror, and magic at a breakneck pace. When 14-year-old Katediscovers that she has the power to bring a dead bird back to life, she has little time to ponder what that means before she is chased by mysterious wardens and seized by Silas, a frightening figure who hides her from the authorities only to use her untutored but powerful magic for his own undisclosed ends. Burtenshaw's impressive first novel shows that she can write terrifying scenes and describe menacing characters with chilling intensity. However, the relative lack of scenes without horror or fear gives readers little space to connect with the main character or see her as more than an important piece on the chessboard of the plot. Still, fans of dark fantasy adventures will find plenty to admire in the first volume of the Secrets of Wintercraft series.
Horn Book
Kate, fifteen, discovers she's a Skilled, able to see and manipulate the "veil" between life and death. Moreover, she learns her ancestors wrote the coveted Wintercraft, which explains the veil's secrets. Elegant, complex prose sweeps readers along to a dark world teeming with creepy underground passageways, abandoned buildings, and graveyards. Kate is a bright spot, facing each obstacle with defiance and determination.
Kirkus Reviews
This lackluster debut combines familiar elements into a tale neither rare nor wonderful, despite some acclaim in its native Britain. The formula is simple: war-torn country, power-mad leader (one of 13, technically), young person with unexpected powers who might be the answer to everything. But heroine Kate Winters never shows much pluck: She may wield significant power, though generally with little sense of how, and spends most of her time listening to other characters spout lengthy exposition. There is no purpose to power-mad leader Da'ru beyond her hunger for control. And although graveyard/city Fume is fascinating and the magic of Fume (bonemen, magical locks powered by spirits) hints at great powers of invention, Albion as a whole remains unknowable. What is the war, and why? How, in this pre-industrialized world with no commercial ties to "the continent," does a bookstore make for a viable living? Enigmatic, deathless Silas Dane comes across as the most nuanced of the characters, and his cold alliance with Kate is the heart of the novel, but Kate's narrative perspective keeps him at a distance. Mediocre, but flashes of inspiration indicate Burtenshaw's potential, as yet untapped. (Fantasy. 10-14)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up&12; This is a fairly straightforward biography, focusing on Gandhi's political roles and belief in nonviolent resistance. The less-savory aspects of his personality, including his treatment of his wife and sons, are covered briefly. Sawyer conveys the importance of his early years fighting racial inequality in South Africa to his philosophy of satyagraha, mentioning the inspiration provided by Tolstoy and Thoreau. The chapters devoted to Gandhi's return to India are largely a report on the resistance to British rule in which he played a central role, but at this point it reads more like history than biography.&12; Rebecca Donnelly, Loma Colorado Public Library, Rio Rancho, NM
Word Count: 75,695
Reading Level: 6.1
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.1 / points: 12.0 / quiz: 146313 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:6.4 / points:19.0 / quiz:Q57077
Lexile: 920L
Guided Reading Level: W

The Night of Souls—when the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest—is only days away.

Albion is at war . . . and losing.

The wardens have descended, kidnapping innocent citizens for their army, but looking for one in particular.

And fifteen-year-old Kate Winters has just raised a blackbird from the dead.

As her home is torn apart by the wardens, Kate's discovery that she is one of the Skilled—the rare people who can cross the veil between life and death—makes her the most hunted person in all of Albion. Only she can unlock the secrets of Wintercraft, the ancient book of dangerous knowledge. Captured and taken to the graveyard city of Fume—with its secret tunnels and underground villages, and where her own parents met their deaths ten years ago—Kate must harness her extraordinary powers to save herself, her country, and the two men she cares for most. And she'll make a pact with a murderer to do it.

Those who wish to see the dark, be ready to pay your price.


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