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Ravens gate- brilliant opening to the Power of five series
Raven's Gate - Anthony Horowitz
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Raven's Gate - Anthony Horowitz
Advantages: Combines Ancient folklore in a modern day scenario to provide a satisfying read
Ever since Anthony Horowitz wrote his highly acclaimed Alex Rider series, I wondered if his new "Power of five" series would get anywhere close to matching it in terms of writing craft, plot and the ability to keep the reader hooked right until the end. As a result I was quite apprehensive when I purchased a copy of Ravens gate but was pleasantly surprised as I found it to be just as exciting as the Alex Rider series.
What was apparent above all was that this series was based far more on magical elements compared to the Alex Rider series. This is in fact a good thing and provides a breath of fresh air away from the world of spy and intelligence.
As to the story, it introduces a fourteen year old boy, Matthew Freeman who is a troubled boy with astonishing powers. Initially Matthew is persuaded to rob a warehouse by a friend and is caught in the act. He then has a choice; to be sent to jail or to a foster programme. He opts for the fostering programme and is sent to a peculiar women called Mrs. Deverill in Lesser Malling. During his stay Matthew finds that Mrs. Deverill and the whole village is sinister and attempts to escape but his attempts are futile.
Matthew is then contacted by a strange organisation called Nexus and along with a journalist called Richard Cole they visit a member of Nexus, Sanjay Dravid. Dravid told Matthew that he was one of the five who keeps the evil old ones at bay. He stated that the gate that keeps the Old ones at bay is about to open at the five gatekeepers must prevent this.
Dravid is then killed and Matthew is kidnapped by Mrs Deverill and her assistant Noah. Mrs Deverill turns out to be a very evil women who plans to kill Matthew as a sacrifice to release all the Old ones. Matthew is tied up onto an altar and is about to die, before triggering his special powers due to the smell of burnt toast. As the knife comes down to kill him he uses his mind to turn the knife away and escapes. His journalist friend Richard Cole manages to kill Mrs Deverill by pushing her into a vat of acid and both Matthew and Richard manage to escape from the sinister town of Lesser Malling.
Overall the book successful merges ancient myth into a modern day scenario. The book is full of twists and turns and is a brilliant opening to the Power of five series. It is a great read and I would highly recommend not only this particular book but the books written by Anthony Horowitz in general as I find him to be a brilliant author.
Summary: A brilliant opening to the series and a throughly enjoyable read
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