23 February 2014

Beyond the Door; Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Beyond the DoorBeyond the Door by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A must-read for readers who are not quite, but almost, ready for "The Dark is Rising" series.

The addition of old British myths, like the Greenman and the Jack, along with Welsh figures like Cerridwyn to an American landscape may leave some readers, those who know the myths, confused. Consider this a melange and move keep reading. Timothy and Sarah seem to be left alone a lot by their parents, but as with the best blended-world stories time moves differently in the Other world than it does in the real one. I also enjoyed Julian, a librarian in our world, and the Ogham text that runs at the bottom of each page.

The pacing was a little odd, and this was really two books in one - tying the two together more with deeper exploration of the mythology would have been better (IMVHO). And Jessica's change was too abrupt for reality, or what passes for reality in this world.

ARC provided by publisher.

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