Book Reviews

Hekla’s Children Book Review #1

Author: James Brogden

Publishing House: Titan Books

A decade ago, teacher Nathan Brookes saw four of his students walk up a hill and vanish. Only one returned – Olivia – starved, terrified, and with no memory of where she’d been. After a body is found in the same woodland where they disappeared, it is first believed to be one of the missing children, but is soon identified as a Bronze Age warrior, nothing more than an archaeological curiosity. Yet Nathan starts to have terrifying visions of the students. Then Olivia reappears, half-mad and willing to go to any lengths to return the corpse to the earth. For he is the only thing keeping a terrible evil at bay…

Rating: 3.8/5

I genuinely had no expectations when I picked this up for my book challenge of 2018. However, I feel very privileged as I met James at Comic Con in Birmingham 2017. A lovely, genuine author who gave enough information to intrigue me but none to spoil the story! So I won’t spoil it either.

I loved the concept of this book and it was an easy, quick read. Modern prose and in-depth characters made Hekla’s Children enjoyable and gripping. I was always so wrapped up in the moment I didn’t see the twists and turns coming, something I appreciate whole heartedly in a book. As I have said in my book challenge blog, this book has been at the bottom of my TBR but now having read it, I regret leaving it so long! My only disappointment was the ending, it felt rushed however it might be that I didn’t want the book to end. I will happily re-read this book so it’s staying on my shelf. I would warn those who think this is YA. I don’t think it quite fits into that category… somewhere between YA and Adult I would say.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a little horror, intrigue, time travel and historical fiction.

This was my first book review, please let me know what you think. Good, bad and downright honest is what I’m looking for.

Happy Sunday Bookwormers 🤓

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