Friday, 27 May 2011

Candle Man: The Society of Dread by Glenn Dakin

2nd May 2011, Egmont 
384 pages, Paperback
Review copy 

Children's, 9+ 

Danger, mystery, life in the dark, strange creatures (what is everyone's obsession with wiggly things? I know they are gross but, would be nice to read something without them), friendship, unusual alliances, news of impending doom, 

Summary from Egmont

I am the Candle Man. I drive back darkness.
When Theo defeated his old guardian, Dr Saint, in a fierce, fiery battle, he thought his enemies were routed and the bad old days were over for good. But now the terrible slithering, seething crelp are bubbling up from below ground to snatch people and harvest their bones.
Deep beneath the city, an ancient force – one that could threaten even Theo the Candle Man’s power – is getting ready to burn, burn, burn. Twisted, charred, faceless Dr Pyre has a plan, and a secret that will shock Theo to the core.
Theo will have to descend once more into the dark, slimy tunnels to fight strange creatures and ally with old enemies.
This is why the world needs a Candle Man. To do things that the law can’t do. To go where the police would fail. To make alliances with the strange and wonderful beings that most humans have no idea exist.
Can the Candle Man find a way in the dark this time?
Evil melts like wax at the hands of the Candle Man.

Nayuleska's reasons for loving Theo..he knows so little about the world. He's ever so polite, and would rather not be the centre of attention, although he learns that its inevitable he will play an important role in life. 

Is there another character who deserves a special mention? Without a doubt Chloe steals the spotlight for me. She frequently calls Theo a twit, comes up with other hilarious statements, and knows an awful lot - enough to guide him through the tricky times. 

How evil/nasty is the enemy? Extremely when you take in the wiggly monsters *shudders* and the whole Let's Destroy The World plan. Never a dull moment there. 

Are there plenty of plot twists and surprises? There are more near the end, but there are a lot throughout the book. 

One of my favourite parts was...when Theo was the light (it's not a typo, I don't mean saw) 

I give it an 8/10 

Be sure to check out Glenn over on his website (where you'll see alternate covers to the series, which I find far less scary than the UK ones). Glenn kindly wrote a blog post on writing here. Win a copy of book 1 & 2 here (UK & International with different prizes)

Suggested reads
Definitely read about how Theo and Chloe first get involved in dangerous adventures in Candle Man

Another read full of strangeness is Ministry of Pandemonium by Chris Westwood 

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