Tuesday, 31 October 2017

The Book of Secrets: An Ateban Cipher Novel

The Book of Secrets: An Ateban Cipher Novel by A.L. Tait (Lothian/Hachette)
PB RRP $14.99  ISBN 9780734417671
Reviewed by Liz Ledden

The Book of Secrets is the first book in A.L. Tait’s new Ateban Cipher series. It follows on from her popular Mapmaker Chronicles books, appealing to a similar middle grade audience of around 9 to 12 years old.

The story begins with an intriguing premise. Protagonist Gabe, who has lived in an abbey his whole life after he’s delivered to its doorstep as a baby, is handed a precious manuscript by the mysteriously wounded Brother Benedict. He’s given strict instructions to deliver the coded book to ‘Aidan’, and to guard it with his life.

So begins a thrilling, fast-paced adventure as Gabe bravely ventures beyond the abbey’s walls, and encounters a strong-willed group of girls with agendas of their own. Gwyn, Merry and co. battle gender stereotypes and help position this series as one for everyone.

Tait builds a believable and evocative middle ages world, rich in historical detail – think dungeons, danger, archery and royal double-crossings. The introduction of Eddie to the cast of characters around the halfway mark elevates the stakes even more. High on energy, The Book of Secrets is a compelling read with twists and turns to keep you guessing, and sets up a whole new exciting adventure for the next installment.


No comments:

Post a comment

Buzz Words Books would love to hear what you think.