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Evil star- Brilliant sequel to Ravens gate
Evil Star - Anthony Horowitz
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Evil Star - Anthony Horowitz
Advantages: Full of twists along with an unexpected plot. Brilliant change of scenery to a distant country.
Disadvantages: Perhaps a lack of humour as a serious atmosphere is maintained throughout the book
I have always had taken to Anthony Horowitz and his books, most notably the Alex Rider series. When it became known that he was working on a new series (the power of five), I found myself looking forward to it in great anticipation. The first book in the power of five series called Ravens gate was an enthralling read based on more magical and evil elements and this is again apparent throughout Evil star, the second book in his latest series.
At the end of the first book, Ravens gate, Matthew had managed to escape from a peculiar town called Lesser Malling and a sinister women by the name of Mrs Deverill, from the jaws of death.
The second book, Evil star begins in a normal manner, with Matthew enrolling at a school but soon things transpire into huge problems. His aunt is being controlled by the evil old ones and attempts to kill him (as he is one of the special five who can banish the evil old ones). The second gate in Peru is to be openened and this will let the rest of the evil old ones out. Therefore Matthew and his compatriot Richard along with the assistance of an organisation called Nexus travel to Peru to prevent the second gate being opened. At Peru Matthew meets another one of the "five" gatekeepers called Pedro who saves him from an unexpected attack but unfortunately his friend Richard is kidnapped. It also emerges that there is a betrayer in Nexus who is passing information on about the whereabouts of Matthew. The mission to find the kidnapper leads to a man called Salamanda's Hacienda ( a person with a very large head and a very small body). I found this rather humorous!
It emerges that Salamanda is vying to open the second gate in the Nazca desert but Matthew and Pedro realise this very late and subsequently take to drastic means of action with such a short space of time remaining. The traitor in Nexus is found to be Fabian, a person who had seemed to be close to Matthew (to be honest I did not guess this!)
In the stunning climax we learn that Salamanda is using a satellite to take the form of a star, hence the name "Evil Star" and as Matthew and Pedro arrive on helicopter as the Nazca desert to prevent the opening of the second gate, the helicopter crashes and this causes Pedro to sustain a serious injury (broken ankle). This means Matthew has to go alone but the portal is opened before Matthew arrives and the evil Old ones begin to escape. The King of the Old ones arrives and faces Matthew. Matthew uses all the power inside him to wound the King but he able to survive and retreats to heal from the damage Matthew has caused. After expanding all his energy Matthew is left in a coma and is healed by his fellow gatekeeper Pedro.
Horowitz stated the series as 'bringing magic into real life without dragons and wizards' and this he has implemented his aim perfectly as the book does precisely this. The change of scenery is a breath of fresh air away from England (from the last book) into Peru (in this book) giving the book an exotic feel and also enables the reader to learn about the culture and tradition associated with Peru which I assure you are interesting. If I were to suggest one minor problem with the book is that it is serious throughout and as a result the amount of humour present in the book is scarce but I'm just being picky!
Overall this is a fantastic book which takes off where Ravens gate left off. What I feel Horowitz lacked in Ravens' gate was not maintaining a high level of tension and suspense throughout the book and this is rectified in Evil star as Matthew is taken through a rollercoaster of events throughout the book. I cannot recommend this book highly enough as I found it to be a brilliant book full of unexpected events and one which was very hard to put down. It is definitely worth a read.
Summary: An enthralling read which addresses the minor issues in Ravens gate.