Sam just wants to be left alone to play with his game console, as yet another boring holiday with his parents looms ahead. But within days of arriving in Dorset, Sam has been chased by huge cats and then inadvertently woken the sleeping Druid, Amergin, who has been asleep for nine hundred years. Told that he possesses great power, suddenly Sam finds himself involved in a timeless fight against the evil known as 'the Malifex'. At first Sam refuses to accept what is happening to him, but when his parents are also affected by the Malifex's evil he agrees to help, aided by Amergin, and his new friend Charly, whose mother, Megan, is a modern-day witch. Sam's holiday soon turns into a race against time to find the Tear of the Sun, the Helm of Herne and the Spear of Destiny, before the Malifex can use them for his own evil intentions. Filled with riddles, wizards, spells and adventure, The Malifex will keep readers hooked until the very end.
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Steve Alton lives in Sussex and works on the Millennium Seed Bank project. As well as writing in his spare time, he is a botanical illustrator and photographer. He also grows carnivorous plants. This is his first novel.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8-A combination of fantasy and adventure that incorporates Celtic mythology and Wiccan beliefs. Sam is not happy that his parents have dragged him into the remote English countryside for vacation. He would much rather stay home and play video games than visit stuffy museums and ancient ruins. Things become more exciting after he meets Charly, a local girl with a Wiccan mother. While exploring the countryside, the teens mistakenly open an ancient grave, releasing Amergin, an apprentice of Merlin. He informs them that the extraordinarily large, green-eyed cats that are pursuing them are shape shifters and servants of the Malifex, an evil entity that seeks to shift the balance of good and evil toward darkness. Unsure at first why the young people were able to summon him, Amergin realizes that Sam is the hero he seeks. A quest for three magical objects leads to a final battle between the two forces. This is a familiar story with an environmental message-the Malifex uses human greed to deplete the Earth's natural resources and achieve his sinister goal. The story is plot driven, and has plenty of action. The open ending indicates that a sequel will likely follow.
Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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