Author: Shaun Hume
Publisher: Popcorn and Rice Publishing
Publication Date: October 31st 2012
My Rating: 🐉🐉🐉🐉
“If you’re suffering from HARRY POTTER withdrawals, then look no further! This detailed, intriguing and touching story is the answer!” – Independent Reviewer “Hume has a beautiful writing style that creates a WHOLE NEW WORLD, one which leaps off the pages.” – artisticbent.org
“An antidote to Post-Potter Depression!” – Independent Reviewer
Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that’s what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn’t exactly normal.
Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of peoples who can alone see the real Creatures that inhabit the earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like him, go to learn the ways of the Creatures.
MORE PRAISE for Ewan Pendle …
” … Hume does a MAGNIFICENT job of building a completely different world … ” – Fire and Rain Books
(I was contacted by the author who offered me a free copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review)
I read the synopsis of this book and it sounded really interesting. I was both intrigued and skeptic of the Harry Potter mention because what could ever compare to a masterpiece like that? The book, specifically at the beginning, feels exactly like Harry Potter. That got me into wondering whether this whole book would just end up being a Harry Potter replica but I was proven wrong as I continued reading. This story might have some similar themes but the main plot is different and the characters are all unique. This makes Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith a wholly original book that had its own twists and turns. It exceeded my expectations and I found it to be very gripping especially half way through.
The story starts off with a very mysterious and enticing beginning as we read about this badass girl who’s on a mission sneaking into a heavily-guarded house. She fails at some point and we are then introduced to the protagonist. Ewan is swept away from his ordinary life when a mysterious lady takes him to a school for people like him who can also see Creatures called Firedrake.
The first part of the book introduces us to Firedrake, what they study, how everyone is sorted into different cliques, and the Masters. Most of the classes involved physical activities rather than magic which is different from what I usually associate with magical schools.
The main plot of the story isn’t clear until the middle of the book, the author keeps everything mysterious to a point where all you can do is fly through the pages scavenging for answers and explanations for what’s actually going on. Whenever a small clue is given a more exciting mystery is revealed in its place which keeps the reader hooked.
What I really found interesting is that more than one story is woven into the main conflict of this book and it gives the world a lot more depth and opens doors to future books in this series. So I’m currently on the verge of a mental breakdown if I don’t actually get the second book because I NEED ANSWERS RIGHT NOW OR I’LL DIE OF CURIOSITY!
The author’s writing style is simple and elegant meaning it’s easy to get into the world. I liked most of the character’s descriptions but I found that some of them were just used beyond what is needed, it’s good to be reminded of how the characters look but having it mentioned in every chapter is too much. There’s also Mathilde who is supposed to be this cheerful, laid back kind of girl and she was very loveable except for the fact that she had ‘dude’ in every single sentence she uttered! It got very boring very quickly and I didn’t feel like it matched the theme of the book anyways.
Ewan was this extremely reluctant awkward boy who was just like any ordinary 12-year-old kid. I thought he was a character any reader could relate to, much more than those perfect characters who are somehow great at everything. He makes the story believable. Besides that, Ewan had a knack for getting into trouble without meaning to. He certainly wasn’t my favourite character though because his other two friends are way cooler than he was!
Mathilde was the cheerful friendly character who everyone liked. She easily became Ewan’s first friend and remained faithful to him for the whole school year. I loved how the author portrayed her power through physical strength, she was almost always the best at any classes that involved anything physical. This sends a positive note on female strength. We get a glimpse of who she was before coming to Firedrake but it only raises more questions and gives her character a different side we never thought she’d have. The big reveal to Mathilde’s secret at the very end of the book was mind blowing and I can’t wait to read more about her backstory.
Enid is officially my favourite pirate character! For some reason, pirates are looked down on by the other Cadets in Firedrake and a lot of them treated her like garbage! Luckily, she kicked peoples’ asses and remained strong no matter what anyone said. I loved her fierceness and how she was always took the lead when her friends were too scared to. I particularly enjoyed reading about her large family dinner where they all made rude jokes and carried out Pirate traditions. It added a lot of humour to the story in an unexpected way.
To summarise, I really enjoyed this book a lot. It had a great ending that explained a lot of the events but still left a considerable amount of things unexplained for future books. The characters were fun and new, their friendships great, and all the characters developed and changed in a way at the of the book and I want to know which cliques they end up going to and how they deal with it. Not to mention the fact that we don’t even know much about any of the characters’ backstories. I know there’s a lot more that the author can offer to this series to make it more amazing than it already is. I totally agree with the synopsis now about the Harry Potter withdrawal and I recommend this to people who enjoyed reading/watching Harry Potter as well as readers who enjoy fantasy.
There is an important relation between Ewan and the White Wraith and I MUST KNOW WHY! Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith showed a lot of potential and it could be modelled into a series. Which I’m sure can turn out to be as popular and spectacular as any of my other favourite book series. I can’t wait for more by Shaun Hume.