Ebony and Ivory
Published by: Y Lolfa
Imprint: Y Lolfa
- Published: 12/2012
Huw wakes up from blackness, his head hurting. Why is he bound hand and foot, in the back of a large truck, hurtling through a sandstorm? Huw's nightmare is just beginning. He finds himself a prisoner in the dungeon of an ancient castle, in a strange, strange world. As he slowly regains his memory, feverish images of the past return in flashbacks. What do the strange dreams about black and white horses mean? And who are the women riding them? A sequel to Dragonrise, Ebony and Ivory is the second book of a trilogy called The Spirit of the Dragon - a Celtic Odyssey.
Terrorism and the Spirit of the Dragon
With a Welsh background and Welsh characters, the author of a new book aims to promote Welsh legends for young readers who love adventure, exotic settings and, possibly, horses. The book called Ebony and Ivory also has a terrorist theme and the author David Morgan Williams has dedicated the book “to children whose lives are blighted by the forces of terrorism”.
With the main character held prisoner by a group of terrorists the book has a scary yet magical theme, with the two horses, Ebony and Ivory being part of a ransom to release a child.
According to Nia Davies from Y Lolfa “David Williams’ first book Dragonrise was a success and was reprinted earlier this year; Ebony and Ivory is also a great adventure story for young bookworms. Both boys and girls will enjoy the action-packed adventure of Huw and his friends.”
This is his second novel for children following the publication of Dragonrise four years ago. ~Publisher: Y Lolfa
A brief summary of the first novel in the Celtic Odyssey sets the scene for this sequel. Set in Dubai, Huw and two valuable horses are kidnapped by a group who are somehow connected to the terrorists in the first tale. Huw meets two Bedouin children who help to rescue him, in a mixture of plucky adventure and mystical intervention.
The author evidently knows Dubai and does a good job of describing the location, so much so that the last chapter reads like a holiday brochure, complete with references to famous hotels! His short chapter style makes for a fast read, making it accessible to the target audience of 9–11 year olds. However, the content – evil terrorists intent on revenge and the destruction of the West – might be more suitable to older readers.
The characters feel as if they could have been more fleshed out; they seem to lack emotional depth. However, for children who enjoy pacy adventures, this fits the bill nicely. ~Sally Owen @ www.gwales.com
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