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Triskellion (Triskellion #1)

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Rachel and Adam are sent to stay with their grandmother, following their parents' divorce. But the quiet English village is a sinister, unsettling place. Is there a dark heart beating beneath the thatched roofs of Triskellion? It is a place protected by an ancient, three-bladed artefact; a village where crops never fail and where the war memorial is blank; a community with...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published February 4th 2008 (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jan
I'm always a bit hesitant to give bad reviews to YA books because, let's face it, I'm an adult reading YA books. They weren't exactly meant for me.

But there was something about this book that just didn't sit very well with me. It was just oddly boring. There were all these interesting ideas and concepts involved - extraterrestrials, reincarnation (sort of), curses - and yet it was all kind of a snooze. It moved very slowly. I felt like it just kind of moved around in circles and even though a lo...more
Crowinator
Posted to my Livejournal in January 2009:

The book jacket caught me on this one, both the cover and the description of the plot. And I liked the book, though I'm not exactly sure what the hell happened at every turn. I don't think authors should hit their readers over the head with What It All Means, but in this case, I needed the various mysteries to be tied together a little bit more. Twins Rachel and Adam are sent to stay in a tiny village in England with their grandmother while their parents...more
Sally
This book started off SO awesomely and I must have raced through the first, like, fifty pages in ten minutes! And overall it IS a very fast read, but I felt that somewhere along the way it started to lose a bit of its shine somehow... like things just started getting a bit too odd and unexplained. I'm still not entirely sure what the elders of the town were so freaked out about, and it takes a long time before you really know what Adam and Rachel's mission is. (view spoiler)...more
Kim
Jul 24, 2008 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: kids who like supernatural mysteries
Shelves: ya
This is a fast-paced adventure that middle readers ought to love. When their parents divorce, Adam and Rachel Newman are sent to England to live with their grandmother in the little town of Triskellion. Triskellion is a town with a rich past, full of secrets which some prefer remain hidden. Sinister townsfolk, ancient artifacts, and supernatural elements combine to give Adam and Rachel a summer they will never forget. Adam and Rachel are appealing characters and easy to identify with, but some o...more
Laura
A fun read! It was an archeology mystery/thriller/sci-fi book for teens with a fun dose of fact thrown in. There were a few elements at the beginning which were obvious devices to add an air of mystery and danger. Upon completing the book and having all mysteries solved, they didn’t really fit in in a satisfactory way. She had enough neat stuff going on—they didn’t really need to be thrown in as well.
Sami
wow. i just gotta say that i honestly didn't think this book was gonna be this good. boy was i wrong! i have never read anything quite like it. i loved the suspense, action, and even the confusion. the ending was a bit of a bummer but that just makes me want to read more. i would explain but then it would give away the ending so....
Elicia (Girl in the Woods Reviews)
An intoxicating and amazing read. This author has given me something that other authors have failed to give me: fear and suspense that is so strong that you find yourself wrapped up in your own fear.
Michelle E. Kobus
The ending was a bit disappointing. I'm either really stupid or the ending didn't answer all the questions. What was the triskellion for? After all that hunting, I don't get to know what the dang thing is for?! I know this is a trilogy, but this didn't make a very teasing cliffhanger. It was just lame. I guessed who Gabriel was early on, but I was sad that he didn't end up with Rachel; (view spoiler)...more
Max

Triskellion is a book of twists and turns, and danger around every corner.

Triskellion starts out with two twins sent away to the small town of Triskellion, England, right after their parents divorce, to live with their grandmother for a summer. As they enter the town they notice that everyone is hiding, and watching them, they feel as if everyone knows something they're not telling. The twins, Adam and Rachel, meet the only other kid in town, a boy named Gabrielle, who gets the into a lot of tr...more
Rebecca
I picked this one up not because of the reviews, which were eh, but because of the description--ancient mysteries in old British villages are like literary crack for me. I found it kind of a mixed bag--in other words, the reviews were right. I think there's nothing wrong with the basic plot, it's just that the author wasn't quite up to conveying it in the best possible way. Too many characters, too many times in which the author decides to skip something in order to start the new scene somewhere...more
Anna
After Adam's and Rachel's parents bitter devorce they are ship off to the small town of Triskellion, England to spend the summer with their grandma. Still raw of the betrayal of their father and their new enviorment they first have trouble adapting to the ways of the town.

Although the townspeople aren't helping at all. Not only does it seem that EVERYONE is keeping a secret, especially their grandma. Then enters Gabriel, a mysterious boy that seems to know more then he is telling. Getting them i...more
Morris
Triskellion introduces us to Rachel and Adam Newman, twins who live in New York with their mother. The siblings are sent to stay with their grandmother in England while their mother is struggling through a divorce. When they arrive at their mother’s hometown they realize that everything is not as it should be. The locals have a dark secret and will go to extreme measures to protect it.

Will Peterson has a great talent for building suspense. Unfortunately, this built up suspense is never fully spe...more
Yesenia
Rachel and Adam Newman are sent to england after their parents divorce.The twins goes to Root Cottage named after their generation of Roots.They make a new freind named Gabreil and land into a lot of trouble but mostly danger.Somehow Gabreil is magic because Rachel and Adam goes to the woods with Gabreil to find a triskellion blade from a map that was stolen from Waverley Hall.In the woods, Rachel and Adam take the oppisite side of the woods and when they were close to a point where they knew t...more
Jessica
Rachel and Adam Newman are fourteen year-old twins, raised in New York City, but sent to England for the summer as their parents settle their divorce. In their mother’s home village, Triskellion, the twins stay with their grandmother, and find that the grandparent and village that should be welcoming and a great place to visit are anything but. From the time they step off the train to no greeting, it is clear they aren’t welcome there. Their grandmother has a distinct lack of enthusiasm for thei...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Cat for TeensReadToo.com

In the midst of their parents' ugly divorce, fourteen-year-old twins Adam and Rachel Newman are sent to their mother's home village in Great Britain to stay with their grandmother - but Triskellion proves to be no safe harbor amidst the storm.

From the moment of their arrival, the twins are treated with suspicion and hostility, with every building in town marked by a strange "symbol of three intersecting crescents forming a continuous pointed clover leaf, bound...more
Szawanah S
though some would like to say that they dont really like the book, i shall say that i like the book. it was something else. i had enough of wizardly and vampires. seriously. it takes place in a rural village in England where everybody knows everybody and are skeptical towards the newcomers. i enjoyed reading how Adam and Rachel are not just a twin but share more; well you see, they can speak to each other without having to speak up. and i like the mysterious aura brought by Gabriel though someti...more
Robin
This unusual story is worth a look. It combines thriller suspense, archeology, adventure, science, and sci-fi in a most unique way. The twins are likeable enough (her more than him, for me) and there are some interesting characters in the village, especially Honeyman. Note the names as you read: they are all organic. Mr. Wing, Mrs. Root, Rev. Stone, etc. A subtle but important device.

I loved the feel of the village Triskellion, part Brit and part Celt and part something wilder altogether. I love...more
catherine james
In the midst of the parents' ugly divorce, fourteen year old twins Adam and Rachel Newman are sent to their mother's home village in Great Britain to stay with their grandmother, but Triskellion proves to be no safe harbor amidst the storm. From the moment of their arrival the twins are treated with suspicion and hostility, with every building in town marked by a strange "symbol of three intersecting crescents forming a continuous pointed clover leaf, bound by a large circle." It is from this sy...more
Annalee
From the back of the book:
Rachel and Adam are sent from their New York home to stay with their Grandmother following their parents' bitter divorce. But the quiet English village where their mother was born is a sinister and unsettling place, is their a genuninely dark hert beating beneath the thatched roofs of the picturesue village of Triskellion?

Against a brooding background of very real danger, the two young outsiders follow an incredible trail on an archealogical adventure with a startling p
...more
Carrie
So far, the book is riveting. I love the eery, ancient feel of the village and the lushness of the surrounding countryside. It makes me feel as if I am in a Brother's Grimm novel crossed with an Aesop tale with old, stained glass, rustic churches, straw-thatched cottages and shadowy folk-tale-ish figures lurking in the shadows, ready to catch you in their subtle, evil traps. Just my type of thing!

Now that I am done with the book, I am looking forward to the next one in the series. I do think tha...more
Maegan
I am currently reading this book again and I'm reminded of how amazing this book really is. Will Peterson has come up with a completely original story that doesn't fail to thrill.

The mystery in the plot as well as the characters didn't let me put the book down. Rachel and Adam are likeable characters and develop well throughout the story. The characters that Peterson wants you to dislike are easy to dislike, and yet he makes them human enough that you end up pitying them as well as hating them.

T...more
Lesley
Enjoyed the book reasonably well overall. It is a light book, intended for young adults, and easily finished within a day.

Two kids are sent away from a messy divorce to stay with their grandmother. The village turns out to be incredibly mysterious, and their presence there notable. The book quickly turns into a supernatural mystery.

This is one of those books that becomes less satisfying to me after I've had more time to think about it. Not because there are plot holes, but because I become incre...more
Am
I felt that this book was unique and interesting, overall.

Good points: The atmosphere was sometimes hazy and different, and I guess the setting and elements are rather unique too? Old English Village, Archaeology, and Aliens/supernatural beings, and the connections with bees.

Bad points: Somehow, the story didn't seem to move very fast. I don't know if I was reading too slowly or something, but
It felt a teeny draggy at times. There were also a few instances where I founded myself wondering if I...more
Jennifer
I got the impression that this was intended for the young end of the YA spectrum, probably because of the extent of suspension of belief that was required of the reader. Too much and you will lose the older group, I think. But incompatible with this is the fact that this is quite a haunting little story, with an evil that belies this belief stalking the children, and the just desserts of the villains involved can be pretty bloody and battered. Overall, though, I thought this story was interestin...more
Raina
Jul 20, 2009 Raina rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi, ya
To me, this felt more like a J than a YA. But some of the story is very very creepy, so that's probably why it's arrived in YAville. Basically, it's the story of twins who visit their grandmother for the first time in a creepy English village. Creepy supernatural things happen (overly intelligent bees, sacrifice, mysterious tunnel-lights, etc. etc.). There's a curse, involving breeding and family lines, an annoying tv archeological team... I don't know. It never grabbed me, and once I found out...more
Miss Clark
Well, it was interesting, but wildly inconclusive and without much coherence. That was my greatest problem. I am not surprised that there is a sequel coming out, as this was one book that almost needs it just to make sense of the first.

There are aliens, with some genetics thrown in, weird townsfolk hiding an ancient secret, a power-mad cult leader and two kids from America stuck in the midst of it all, having no idea just how involved they are in a situation that has already cost people their l...more
Rosemary
I don't know if I read this too fast or what, but I never understood what was happening, even at the end. Why had the kids' mother never taken them to visit their grandmother before? Why was the grandmother so unwelcoming? Why weren't they interested in finding out how things had been for their mother, growing up in the village? Then there was all the supernatural part ... since Gabriel seemed to be able to cause pretty much anything he wanted to happen, why did he need the kids? It was well wri...more
Heather
The English village of Triskellion is kind of creepy...and not so friendly to two American twins visiting their grandmother. There is a huge secret surrounding the village and its inhabitants, and Adam and Rachel are determined to solve it.

I liked the book, but was kind of disappointed by the solution. It seemed like it raised more questions than it answered. (I just discovered that there is a sequel - perhaps it will answer those?) I was disappointed because the rest of the book had a feeling o...more
Nic
Ok not very intriguing but still good
Megan
So, I've read this book twice now. I first read it when I was in Year Seven, I was about 11/12 but I enjoyed the book so much. I've always been a fan of history so when the idea of Archaeology was mixed with Teen-Fiction it was such an amazing book to read, the journey or Rachel and Adam is so mysterious as they learn who their Ancestors are and what's happening in the small English Countryside Village of Triskellion. The book can play with your mind from time-to-time but overall, I enjoyed it t...more
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Will Peterson is a shared pseudonym of Mark Billingham, award-winning author of the bestselling Tom Thorne crime novels, and Peter Cocks, a popular children’s television writer and performer. Mark Billingham lives in London, and Peter Cocks lives in Kent, England.
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