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Title:
Twilight hauntings
ISBN:
9780063010727

9780062875143
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Description:
347 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Summary:
Alex has a set of Enchanted cards. When she flutters her fingers above them, something magical happens: the cards come alive and create moving pictures of what is now and what is yet to come. But Enchantment is illegal in the city of Luma, and those who practice it are imprisoned forever in the Vaults--dark dungeons deep below the city. When Alex is betrayed by her foster sister Zerra, she knows she is in great danger. With the help of her little foster brother, Louie, she makes a daring escape. But Alex discovers she is not safe outside Luma either. Here lurk deadly Hauntings that seek out those who practice magic: Enchanters and their children. The Hauntings take many forms and Alex is hunted by a giant bird of prey, the Hawke, a murderous Night Wraith called the Grey Walker, and the eerie Xin. But why do the Hauntings haunt Alex? Alex doesn't believe she's an Enchanter's Child, but she has no idea who her parents are. Her precious Enchanted cards are her only clue to her true identity, and she becomes determined to find out who she is. And, while she is at it, to get rid of the deadly Twilight Hauntings forever."--Amazon.com.
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Angie Sage, New York Times bestselling author of the Septimus Heap series, crafts a fantasy world where enchantment is illegal, Oracles knit octopuses, wizards run around in soggy underpants, and one girl is on a mission to save Enchantment and Enchanters, which might just save the kingdom.

Alex has a set of Enchanted cards. When she flutters her fingers above them, something magical happens: the cards come alive and create moving pictures of what is now and what is yet to come. But Enchantment is illegal in the city of Luma, and those who practice it are imprisoned forever in the Vaults--dark dungeons deep below the city.

When Alex is betrayed by her foster sister Zerra, she knows she is in great danger. With the help of her little foster brother, Louie, she makes a daring escape.

But Alex discovers she is not safe outside Luma either. Here lurk deadly Hauntings that seek out those who practice magic: Enchanters and their children. The Hauntings take many forms and Alex is hunted by a giant bird of prey, the Hawke, a murderous Night Wraith called the Grey Walker, and the eerie Xin.

But why do the Hauntings haunt Alex?

Alex doesn't believe she's an Enchanter's Child, but she has no idea who her parents are. Her precious Enchanted cards are her only clue to her true identity, and she becomes determined to find out who she is. And, while she is at it, to get rid of the deadly Twilight Hauntings forever.

Praise for Angie Sage's Twilight Hauntings:

"Intricate worldbuilding, richly evocative settings, nuanced characters, deftly woven plotting, and wry humor. An unmitigated delight." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Fans of fantasy and adventure will snap this up and eagerly await the sequel." --School Library Journal (starred review)

"Sage deftly crafts an endearing and familiar fantasy story, expertly characterizing distinct, extreme personalities. Fantasy fans will highly anticipate the next steps in Alex's journey in the projected sequel of the Enchanter's Child duology." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4--7--Sage kicks off the first book in her "Enchanter's Child" duology with a prologue that describes how the King's Enchanter gave up his baby daughter to an unknown woman in order to save her. Ten years later in the city of Luma, Alex knows nothing of her true parents; only the drudgery of doing household chores while her stepmother and foster sisters boss her around. She does have two comforts--her younger brother Louie and her hexagonal cards that can foretell the future. But Luma has banned magic and when one sister betrays her to the Sentinels, Alex and Louie must flee. They escape to a forest but are pursued by deadly Twilight Hauntings including river snakes, stinging butterflies, a giant Hawke, and the suffocating Gray Walker. Meanwhile, the ex-Enchanter Hagos Ravenstarr forms an alliance with the Hawke's former Flyer, Danny. They start searching for the magical items needed to destroy the Hauntings; the same quest Alex also undertakes. Sage has built a fully realized world populated by intriguing characters and terrifying monsters. She skillfully builds tension using plot twists that include friendship and betrayal, good intentions and misunderstandings, fearsome attacks and daring escapes, and family dramas of various sorts. VERDICT Fans of fantasy and adventure will snap this up and eagerly await the sequel. A first purchase.--Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT


Publisher's Weekly Review

In this fast-paced fantasy, first in a duology, Sage (the Septimus Heap series) weaves an engaging tale of constant danger and capricious magic. When Alex, 11, an Enchanter, is betrayed by her foster sister for the crime of possessing Enchanted cards, she's forced to flee Luma for her life with foster brother Louie in tow. Now they must survive in a land where Enchanters and their works are illegal, and terrifying creatures called Hauntings hunt them at every turn. Determined to fight back against the system that imprisoned her birth parents, Alex goes in search of clues to her identity. Meanwhile, Danny Dark, a young man responsible for hunting down Enchanters, has a change of heart and partners with the King's former Enchanter, who's also determined to stop this persecution. Sage's world is inventive and weird, featuring creatures such as the enormous Enchanter-hunting Hawke and the talkative pokkle (a parrot/gecko mix). Following multiple viewpoints, including those of Alex, Danny, and a goat named Howard, the overlapping, interweaving narrative allows for a panoramic experience with an almost madcap intensity. Ages 8--12. (Mar.)


Kirkus Review

In this series opener from Septimus Heap creator Sage, an oracle's accidentally truthful prophecy feeds a monarch's paranoia and prompts his magically enforced ban on Enchanters.Ten years ago, unable to escape themselves, Alex's parents handed her to a woman with two daughters on the last train out of Rekadom. Now 11, Alex endures life as Mirram's foster daughter and bullied household drudge. Secretly reading cards in the Luma marketplace yields her spending moneyalso danger; Sentinels are everywhere, enforcing the city's ban on Enchanters and their magic. Alex fears she's been seen reading for her last customer, Benn. Instead, Mirram's youngest daughter Names not only Alex, but her own mother and little brother, Louie, to the Sentinels. Dire consequences ensue. Fleeing with Louie and the family's pet pokkle, Alex is spotted by King Belamus' magical enforcers: the enormous Hawke and its novice Flyer, who, fortunately, can't bring himself to shoot them or his next Quarry, an old man in the forest. Once again, Sage offers intricate worldbuilding, richly evocative settings, nuanced characters (all have flaws and don't always manifest their good intentions), deftly woven plotting, and wry humor. The downside to eating dried snake is revealed; the royal ex-Enchanter offers caustic comments on the king's penchant for alliteration; and visitors making the arduous climb to question the Oracle are confronted with a "No Picnicking" sign. Characters are default white.An unmitigated delight. (Fantasy. 10-13) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Ten years after Enchanters and their children were outlawed in the kingdom of Rekadom, 11-year-old Alex and her enchanted cards are reported to the authorities by her own foster sister, no less. Making a narrow escape with her younger foster brother and the family pokkle (a hilarious lizard-parrot creature), Alex sets out to discover just who she is and where she belongs, with the cards as her only clue. She is pursued everywhere she goes by Twilight Hauntings curses and creatures meant to hunt down and rid Rekadom of those who practice magic but she is helped, too, by a colorful cast of friends old and new. Readers know from the start who Alex's father is, and roughly half the narrative follows his attempts to find her. The plot relies heavily on drawing out this miscommunication-driven goose chase, but it's a charming, if sometimes frustrating, chase to watch unfold. This duology opener will surely find fans among readers of Sage's own popular Septimus Heap books, as well as Patrick Carman's Land of Elyon series.--Eleanor Roth Copyright 2019 Booklist