A story of a trip to grandmother’s house…in another world.
Khia and her 7-year-old brother, Devon, have been in foster care ever since a
car accident that took their father’s life and left their mother unable to
cope. When Khia is just shy of her 16th birthday, however, strange things start
happening. First, a seemingly innocuous old woman becomes possessed and tries
to kill them, and they’re rescued by a mysterious man and woman who disappear
almost as quickly as they appeared. Later, they’re nearly caught in an
explosion at a Catholic church. They’re saved from this by two mysterious men
and a social worker they know. The men turn out to be Norbert and McBride, who
are charged with a special responsibility: to defend Khia and Devon, and return
them to their grandmother who lives in another realm. To reach it, they have to
get to a portal at Grand Central Station in New York City. That wouldn’t be so
hard if they weren’t being pursued by multiple law enforcement agencies, who
are under the impression that Devon and Khia have been kidnapped. A few magical
beings are also following them, including shamans, a shape-shifting Sylph, and
Rock Furies. Overall, this novel offers an exciting plotline with compelling
characters. It would be even more involving, though, if the book gave a bit
more information about why Khia and Devon are being chased, and what it will
mean for them to be returned to their grandmother. Granted, the book is the
first of a trilogy, and it’s understandable that some plot elements are left
unrevealed. However, in this case, the lack of information sometimes makes it
hard to get fully involved in the story, as it’s unclear what the stakes are.
An often engaging book that leaves readers wanting more details.