Reviewed by David Savage
Demons and Thieves by Lynda Berger is the first book in the Seven Keys trilogy.
When Tab Bailey was 11 years old his older brother, Nick, and grandpa, Sam, were both killed in a tragic accident and ever since then Tad has been troubled.
3 years later when his dog goes missing, his parents constantly arguing and he is being bullied at school he finds himself transported to the gate of another world where to stop the “Shadows” that have been plaguing his life since he was 11 he must enter into a quest to retrieve the seven keys and banish them forever.
The “Shadows” are an invisible, dark force that attack the human spirit robbing you of it until nothing remains and you are lost forever.
In Demons and Thieves, the first in the series, Tad has to find the first 3 of 7 seven keys in his challenge to banish the Shadows and put his life back together. He has 12 hours to complete his first challenge or become lost in the 3 worlds of Shiladu. With the help of 2 helper dwarfs, Towards and Away, he must battle his own inner demons and fears to find the first 3 keys he needs to get back to the Gate and his own world.
Overall, Demons and Thieves is a well-written and exciting book filled with danger, secret worlds, mad magicians, demons, thieves, bullies and other mysterious beasts and beings. It is exciting from beginning to end and its short chapters must it a relatively fast read.
Lynda Berger has managed to create an alternative world of beauty, darkness, adventure, danger and magic where one lost boy must face his own demons and confront them head on and do the right thing for himself and the people he encounters.
With a vast array of wonderful characters, page after page of exciting action, adventure and lots of twists and turns this is a great read than teenagers and young adults will enjoy. I cannot wait to read the next instalment.
A truly excellent novel that readers will definitely enjoy.
RRP: £6.99 (paperback) / £1.99 (Kindle)
Available to buy from Amazon here.
For more information visit www.demonsandthieves.com.