"a wonderful dark, original tale"
Having liked this author's previous book "A Circle of
Crows" under the Brynn Chapman name, I truly expected to
appreciate another facet of her talent. She obviously
adores fantasy, such as Lord of the Rings, J.K. Rowling
and M. Night Shyamalan, yet she brings her own special
talent into her tales. These writers have brought her to
love the beauty of the tale and to write outside of the
box, yet where Shyamalan stories often leave the reader
unfulfilled -- a lot of promise only to end with a big let
The story is original, mesmerising with Callum having to
face believing in things outside of the ordinary to save
his mother and others. It's a wonderful dark original
tale, imaginative, with strong characters, a solid premise
and enough atmosphere to please people who loved The
Village and for Harry fan's looking for another author to
It's a great book for the whole family, marking the launch
of this writer's YA facet with a grand style.
Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted April 29, 2007
Collum McClure's family and village are under siege from an unknown foe. Villagers by the droves are falling into a mysterious sleep, a coma, from which they are unable to wake. Collum and his school mates are in a race against time to discover why and how their parents are unconscious. Odd natural disasters are occurring everywhere, and then, there are the trees. In each sleeper's room, roots grow wild out of the closet, and wrap the comatose in a root sarcophagus. On each sleeper's closet door glows a message.Stand.See.Remember.Choose. Will Collum and his mates solve the riddle in time to free their parents, or will they be forever banned to the place known only as The NetherWood?