One fine morning ten-year-old ninevah redstone wakes up to find her four-year old brother, toby, missing along with all his belongings. And as if that wasn’t a bad enough way to start a day, her mom suddenly can’t remember the very existence of toby,her son; and neither can her grandparents. It’s almost as if the person who kidnapped toby stole the proof of his very existence along with him, from everyone except ninevah. And just when ninevah is about to just give up looking for him and give in to the idea that maybe toby didn’t really exist except in her imagination, she finds his battered teddy bear in their back yard. And that’s when she realizes that she’s next. Enter skerridge. The bogeyman who kidnapped toby and is up to kidnap ninevah next. Little does he know that she’s prepared for him. so when skerridge tries to capture nin and pop her into his rusksack, nin just manages to escape from mr. strood’s chief bogeyman, but not before she’s wiped out from the memories of her friends and family. So now she can’t just hang around waiting for something to happen, neither can she go back home to a mom who doesn't even know that she exists. Together with jonas(a ‘quick’ like herself) she has to fight her way through the land of the seven sorcerers and save her brother along with her mom’s memories from the terrible house of strood, for without them, who can she possibly live as?
Caro King introduces you to the land of the seven sorcerers, a world of sorcerers, fabulous, bogeymen, and magic where thunder hounds chase you across the sky; where the sturdy oak dwells; where the sky is set on fire on every sunrise; and the spirits,who, once they catch the smell of you, haunt you forever. the set up is well thought out. the idea of the terrible house of strood as the slaughter/madhouse was really good and the story of the sorcerers added the needed suspence and sense of mystery to the on-the-run-story.
the language was fluid and easy to read. and the story line was simple yet compelling. the character of nin is just perfect. she's not a know-it-all, or too perfect or too brave or whiny, she's just another ten-year-old, she's so simple and yet so lovable. jonas, being so smart and quick and independent keeps the balance. add to that the humour of skerridge and you have a set of characters you can't help but love. their bonding is wonderful and realistic, the way they're caught in the middle of crisis and the need each other to survive in the land is a good base for the friendship, which is so adorable.
the book was a really nice and enjoyable read, i can't wait to grab hold of the next book in the series.