Monday, 19 September 2011
Book Review: The Circle of Gold by Guillaume Prevost
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Sam rescued his father from Dracula's castle, but that doesn't mean their troubles are over. Now Allan Faulkner lies in a coma in the Sainte-Mary hospital, tossing about and muttering aloud about saving Sam's late mother. Sam has no choice but to go back in Time to see her. His inability to control his destination, however, means he journeys to ancient China, Renaissance Rome, and even 2025 -- where he sees his own grave! Can Sam prevent this grisly ending and save his mother once and for all?
This is a great conclusion to the series, and I found that I just tore through it. Again, I thought that the time traveling was great, well thought out and authentic feeling. Prevost manages that nice balance between giving information and description and keeping the plot moving.
Sam has grown in this book and has become an experienced time traveler. I really felt for him, watching his father in a coma and trying to figure out how to save both him and his mother. Alicia is more of a character in this one and creates a romantic interest for Sam. Sam's cousin, Lily, is hardly in this one, however, which was disappointing because I really like her.
There are some fun twists and turns in this book, which really kept me interested. The bad guy is finally revealed in a great plot twist. All of the loose ends are tied up and I like how some of the different elements come together. The ending is pretty neat and tidy and should be satisfying to a lot of kids.
I think this series will appeal to kids who like adventure stories and history. The time traveling really breaks up the narrative so that there are almost stories within the overall story, which may be easier for some kids to read.