Lone Annie sees dragons in your future...She sees giants. She sees fire and water. She sees death.
Finn's life in the village of Wichant is hard. Only his drawings of the wild coastline, with its dragon-shaped clouds and headlands that look like giants, make him happy. Then the strange housekeeper from a mysterious clifftop mansion sees his talent and buys him for a handful of gold and then reveals to him seven extraordinary paintings.
Finn thinks the paintings must be pure fantasy-such amazing scenes and creatures can't be real! He's wrong. Soon he is going to slip through the veil between worlds and plunge into the wonders and perils of The Glimme.
Every year my bosses create a flyer with suggested books to buy for summer reading during the approaching holidays. Once they had confirmed that I enjoy the fantasy genre they asked that I might read the first few chapters to give them a sense of the book, suffice to say that I ended up finishing the book (the benefit of it being a quiet day here in the bookshop). We have young Finn who lives with his grandparents, envisioning a world full of dragons and giants, once he is bought by a strange woman he soon discovers it is all a reality. The book is full of illustrations, some covering two pages. I found most of the illustrations to be wonderful but the artist here has gone for giving the people and creatures (there is a lion humanoid race) more realistic faces but that put me off, so I ignored the faces and enjoyed the rest of the images.
The plot moves along at a good pace, it varies well, going between action and battles to travelling and companionship between the group heading off into the wild to try and end the battle raging between the dragons and everyone else. There was one moment when I had to quickly flip back through the book, I, along with the main character, hadn't picked up on the slip of tongue that comes from one of the other characters and it wasn't something I was expecting, whilst a twist with another character I figured out right from their introduction, and when the baddie is revealed, I had suspected them from early on. Still, it was a fun adventure to read through.
The book ended with, mostly, a happy ending for our main character but still a lot left unknown, perhaps the ambiguous ending is so that the author can continue Finn's adventures in Glimme further down the road...
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