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Author: Teresa Flavin Publisher: Templar Publishing ISBN: 978-1-84877-034-8 The Blackhope Enigma is an exciting adventure in which Sunni's step-brother Dean finds himself accidentally transported into a curious Renaissance painting by Fausto Corvo which hangs in the Mariner's Chamber in Blackhope Tower. Sunni and her friend Blaise set out to rescue him and they find themselves lost in a strange and dangerous world. They meet others along their journey, but just who should they trust? Can all three overcome the dangers and find their way out of the painting and home... alive? I ordered The Blackhope Enigma having read a review by Bart's Bookshelf and so I knew I was in for a treat! The Blackhope Enigma is an adventure about friendship, family, art and magic. There's twists and turns in the plot, bad guys and good guys, and mysteries. What more could you ask for? This book is aimed at children aged 9 years plus and I passed that age group a long time ago... a long, long time ago! However, I believe these and young adult books to be some of the most brilliant stories. Books aimed at children, teenagers and young adults have to hold their attention span and to do that they have to be good! They have to be imaginative and carry the story well. The author, Teresa Flavin, has a wonderful and creative mind. In The Blackhope Enigma she has created such a wonderful and imaginative world for her characters to live in and this is only her first novel! I love the idea of being able to enter a painting and explore it's world, to find yet more, a living world created behind that painting. Imagine being able to go inside a painting. Imagine there being more than just that top layer that you can see. Having read this book, I don't think I'll ever look at a painting the same way again! Scattered among the pages are a number of illustrations (something the author does very well). They all add to the adventure. All in all, this is definitely a good read. I enjoyed the mix of characters (Gutsy Sunni, annoying Dean, talented Blaise, among others) and the whole story just drew me in (sorry for the pun, I just couldn't help it!). I found the story enchanting and captivating, and enjoyed it from start to finish and I'm sure I would have enjoyed it when I was at the age of its intended age group too. I'd recommend reading The Blackhope Enigma no matter what your age is! Download an excerpt of the book at The Blackhope Enigma official website - http://www.theblackhopeenigma.co.uk/ as well as other goodies. (Also posted on my website).