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Prospero's Children by Amanda Hemingway

Prospero's Children (1999)

by Amanda Hemingway

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Series: Fern Capel (1)

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The first half is a creepy, atmospheric fantasy tale in the style of Susan Cooper's [book: The Grey King]. In the second half, the teenaged protagonist falls into ancient Antlantis. There, she must overcome her own amnesia, the queen of Atlantis, and the pagan god/demon that followed her into the past. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
Het verhaal kwam vrij traag op gang, maar nu begint er schot in de zaak te komen. Leuk verhaal. ( )
  0x_stargazer_x0 | May 28, 2011 |
To be perfectly honest, I thought this book was something completely different than what it was. I thought it would be a search for Atlantis and include mermaids or something. Nedless to say, I was a bit disappointed.

But the story is solidly written. I liked the characters, I liked where the story was going, that is until Fern was sent back to Old age Atlantis to close a door. It seemed like the last third of the book was tacked on. It made sense, I liked how time travel was handled, but there was too much detail in too little of a space.

And, I still want my book about Mermaids :) ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Jan 3, 2010 |
I loved this book. Very well written and the last half (also the best half) goes amazingly fast. Everything just clicks together so well, you just can't put it down.

I can't wait to buy the next book, which i plan on doing as soon as possible. ( )
  inserttitlehere | Mar 30, 2007 |
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Howe, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidd, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I would like to thank my long-suffering family and friends for all the support they have given me during the writing of this book, in particular my father, my sister, and my brother-in-law, Jenny and Julian Bell, Jane and Robin Lee, Judith Burns, Ruth McNichol, Clare Hallams, and Dominique Mameczko, and for professional help and advice above and beyond the call of duty Dr. Brian Hinton, John Walsh, Victor Olliver, and most of all my agent, Antony Harwood, who believed in me and backed me against all the odds.
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The mermaid rose out of deep water into the stormheart.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0345441435, Mass Market Paperback)

Fern and Will, the children of a feckless art dealer, find themselves sharing the remote farmhouse he has inherited with his current, and sinister, mistress. Something snuffles outside; a stone in the garden, which bears an odd resemblance to a passing tramp, moves in the night; a wolfish dog befriends them. Dreams and sleepwalking and the most remarkable videotape ever watched provide 16-year-old Fern with evidence that the world is not the controllable, rational place she thought it was--and that her own future is to be altogether more remarkable, and full of pain and wisdom, than she has expected.

Jan Siegel has taken the material of a hundred good children's fantasies and woven a story which hovers, like her heroine, on the brink of being fully adult, with the visionary power that often comes from inhabiting the threshold between states. Her handling of shopworn questions--the paradoxes of time, the price of souls and the sinking of Atlantis--is as fresh and remarkable as fantasy gets; this impressive first novel is a classic in the making, and, it is to be hoped, the debut of a brilliant career. --Roz Kaveney, Amazon.co.uk

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A lyrical, captivating first novel of mermaids, magic, lost worlds, and found souls.

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