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The first time I came across the Woven Path I was probably about twelve. The girl I sat next to in class was reading it and, as a young artist, I was fascinated by the somewhat macabre illustration on the front, and it stuck with me.
I didn't get to read the book until late last year, when it was brought for me as a Christmas present. The copy I received was second had, and somewhat dog eared, but clearly very loved, and I am not surprised why.
Neil Chapman turns up at the Wyrd Museum with his younger brother and his father, a fumbling single father, and new caretaker of the museum, run by three mysterious and very eccentric sisters. Neil discovers that what seems on the outside to be simply a forgotten place to store forgotten things. But he is wrong; amongst the strange objects lie many secrets, some of which will affect the very fabric of time itself, and before long Neil finds himself in a race against time to save both his brother, himself and a whole host of distant faces from the past...
I haven't read any more of the trilogy yet, but I plan to soon. This book, though written I think for teenagers, is clever, dark, and very fast paced. I was in fact surprised at how dark this story really was, it disturbed me in places which of course made me love it the more!
I wouldn't perhaps recommend this to younger more squeamish readers; there is some violence in it I wouldn't have expected, but then some of this book is set in war time Britain and, rather cleverly, none of the detail is spared, which I like; its nice to see a book that isn't sugar coated in any way, shape or form.
Compared to the intriguing cover image, the interior illustrations of the book leave a bit to be desired. I don't think the artist works so well in black and white, and I think they seem a bit out of place!
All in all I liked this story. It is well told, very descriptive of a time that sometimes seems alien to children. If anything I think the author made a good marketing decision by ending the story on a confusing note; it's given me an incentive to read the next one!