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Raven's gate (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Anthony Horowitz

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Title:Raven's gate
Authors:Anthony Horowitz
Info:London : Walker, 2005.
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Tags:fiction, ya, read, 2007, december, fantasy, dark fantasy, paranormal

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    Three of Diamonds by Anthony Horowitz (jasonpx2014)
    jasonpx2014: This is another fantastic and wonderful novel published by Anthony Horowitz. "Raven's Gate" is an interesting novel to read about from the series of "Power of Five" The genre is the same from the series of "Diamond Brothers Mysteries" In my opinion, the "Power of Five" series is better to read about than the "Diamond Brothers Mystery" So if you are confused with which series to read about first, I recommend you to read the "Power of Five"… (more)
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A modern fantasy novel based around the life of Matt, a 14 year old orphan who finds himself arrested for a crime he didn't commit. Rather than go to jail, he is sent to an obscure program in rural England with an old woman named Mrs. Deverill. He soon realizes that Lesser Manning and Mrs. Deverill are not what they seem, and that there is a power greater than he realizes brewing beneath the surface of a small rural town.
  ameliagilbertson | Jun 9, 2014 |
First in a series. Matt’s parents are dead and he lives with his Aunt who he doesn’t get on with. He is involved in a serious crime and is sent to live with a guardian, Jayne Deverill, instead of going to jail. Slowly Matt starts to realise something is wrong. Deverill and everyone else in the village are involved in some sort of witchcraft. No one believes him and a series of murders are covered up. Matt finally finds answers when he discovers the secret Nexus society. He realises that he has to find a way to stop Raven’s Gate, a barrier between two parallel worlds, from opening. He must stop ‘The Old Ones’ from escaping and destroying the world.

Each book in the series deals with a different teenager, (five in total) who are on the same mission. ( )
  dalzan | Apr 24, 2013 |
I absolutely adored this book. It's fast-paced and exciting. I couldn't put this one down until I'd finished it. Very powerful reading, and a wonderfully original plot. ( )
  nicola26 | Mar 30, 2013 |
This exciting and page turning fantasy fiction book keeps the reader at its toes and keeps you always wanting more and more. and more. It is even better for kids because it does incorporate a child protagonist who eventually overcomes the evil adults trying to bring bad things into the world. A boy who can't seem to make it in the crazy world ends up saving it and that is a great lessons for kids to learn, that if they set their mind to it they can over come anything standing in their way. It has vivid imagery and that is why I enjoyed it the most.
  jzerba | Mar 17, 2013 |
Matt, a troubled 14-year-old, goes a step too far and lands himself in England’s juvenile court system. He opts for a special rehab project that sends him to the countryside, only to find himself trapped in the creepy town of Lesser Malling by Mrs. Devrill whose evil intentions for Matt become quickly apparent.

Raven’s Gate opened well but then faltered. It had a solid premise and strong writing. Matt is a very well-developed character and Horowitz can really build a sense of danger that gets the pages turning.

But, I had two big problems with the book. First, it was almost a self-consciously boy-oriented story. There is absolutely no romance and very few female characters except for evil old ladies.

But its worst flaw is that it descends into random action at the end. In the best thriller stories, the action is surprising but makes sense. It arises out of the decisions of the characters. Too much in Raven’s Gate just seems to happen.

Raven’s Gate wasn’t for me. However, I suspect some readers might really enjoy this dark adventure. I consider Raven’s Gate to be “horror-light”—not as terrifying or gruesome as something Stephen King might write—but scary and evil enough to make for some chilling reading. ( )
  sarazaske | Nov 28, 2012 |
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(Summary) This book was about a boy who got caught stealing DVDs with his friend and a guard was stabbed. He was then used in a test called the LEAF project and sent to a place called Lesser Malling close to York. He then gets involved in an epic adventure of strange towns people and roads leading nowhere. It all lead up to Raven’s Gate, facing near death, Matthew Freeman stops Raven’s Gate from reforming. He found out that he was one of the five children who had saved the world from the Old Ones and will have to do it again; he also finds that he has special powers he can almost control.

(Review) I would have to give this a 9 out of 10. This was probably the second or third best book I’ve ever read. It expressed interesting views to things such as the nuclear power plant. The reason I did not give this book a 10 out of 10 is because of some of the blood and gore that was in the book. Such as the time when Matt dreamed more or less, that Ms. Deverill had cut off the head of a snake and poured the snake blood into Matt’s mouth. I myself do not feel that this much blood and gore in a book is right for this grade level. My favorite part of the book was when Tom Burgess died, and Matt went to get the police and then Tom Burgess’s body was gone. It would be an interesting situation to be in, one minute a body somewhere and another minute its not. I’m continuing to read this series of books.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439680093, Paperback)

This chilling NYT bestseller from Anthony Horowitz, "a master of edge-of-your-seat writing" (Booklist, starred) is "an exhilarating read" (Kirkus) that "should attract a strong following" (PW)

As punishment for a crime he didn't really commit, Matt was given a choice: go to jail or go live with an old woman named Mrs. Deverill in a remote town called Lesser Malling.
He should have chosen jail.
A strange and sinister plan is coming together made in Lesser Malling, with Matt at the center of it all. People who try to help him disappear . . . or die. It all ties to an evil place named Raven's Gate - a place whose destiny is horrifyingly intertwined with Matt's own.

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Sent to live in a foster home in a remote Yorkshire village, Matt, a troubled fourteen-year-old English boy, uncovers an evil plot involving witchcraft and the site of an ancient stone circle.

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