The house talks. It breathes. And it's hungry.
The Kings have been in the creepy old place, their new home, for only a few days, but they've experienced enough terror to last a lifetime. And the mystery is growing even more baffling. Shadowy and shifting, the big house conceals doors into other worlds that blur the line between memories and dreams and the slightest misstep can change history forever.
At least, that's if they believe the trembling old man who shows up claiming to know them. "There's a reason you're in the house," he tells them. "As gatekeepers, we must make sure only those events that are supposed to happen get through to the future."
The problem is that horrors beyond description wait on the other side of those gates. As if that weren't enough, the Kings are also menaced by sinister forces on this side like the dark, ancient stranger Taksidian, who wants them out now.
Xander, David, and Toria must venture beyond the gates to save their missing mother and discover how truly high the stakes have become.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishing (February 21, 2012)
Page Count: 320 pages
My friend and I decided to read this book together and it's certainly one of my favorites of the series so far!
Epic Things: I appreciate the reference to the Last of the Mohicans.
The Theme: The value of human life is a big theme.
"You have a keen sense of the preciousness of life and the finality of death--here on earth, anyway. To you, death does not simply end life. It steals away the sunset you'll never see, the children you'll never hold, the wife you'll never love. It's frightening to almost lose your future, and it's heart breaking to witness death snuff out other people's tomorrows."~Jesse King
What We Can Take Away For Our Writing:
Ways to Make Sure the Mentor Figure Isn’t Always There to Help (Without Killing Them) - Jesse is definitely the mentor of the group. He knows the most about the House and the lore behind it, but he can't always be there to help the kids fight off Takisidian and his goons for two reasons. One he's in a wheelchair, so he can't help very well physically and because he's from an alternate reality, Time wants him back so he can't stay in the house for very long.
How this can be applied to writing: Mentors can't always be there to help the hero, otherwise they'd just do the deed, so one must find ways to get them out of the way so the hero can well be the hero. Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings is a good example. He gets kidnapped, he has to verify the identity of the ring, he has to negotiate with kings to get their aid for battles, and so on.
Conclusion: I'm definitely going to keep going with this series. I've gotta find out what happens after that cliffhanger. XD
Several of my books have been sold or optioned by Hollywood producers. All of them are in various stages of production. I'm also working on an original screenplay with Andrew Davis (director of "The Fugitive" and "The Guardian). I wrote the screenplay for Ted Dekker's "Blessed Child." My short story "Kill Zone" appears in the James Patterson-edited anthology "Thriller," and my essay on Thomas Perry's "The Butcher's Boy" can be found in the anthology "Thriller: 100 Must Reads."
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