House of Silver Magic by John Booth
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Where to Get It:
Barnes and Noble
The death of a father is never easy to cope with.
The world isn't being kind to the Grange family, evicting them from their home and taking everything they own. But a strange bequest brings a new roof over their head, even if the house in question is haunted.
As Mandy, William and Jenny adjust to their new life they find they have also inherited a great task. Their father was a guardian of the power hidden in the house and they are expected to follow in his footsteps.
The enemy is already on their trail, seeking the power they know they must protect.
With no knowledge of the magic their father wielded and enemies who can use it all too well, how can they survive? The enemy has already killed their father and is about to knock on their door.
What they're saying about it:
"The family at the center of "House of Silver Magic" is well and truly up against the wall: attempting to recover in the wake of a tragedy, broke and lost with no place to go. When by a strange twist of fate they acquire an old house, their situation improves, but does not necessarily become any less complicated.
This is not your typical YA magic series. This is not your typical haunted house. This is not your typical set of good guys versus bad guys. This is, however, a typical John Booth - with all his attributes of masterful storytelling, surprise and getting his readers well and truly engaged."
"Life for the Grange family is forever altered. Not only are the suffering from the lost of their father, the children and their mother also face the loss of their house, since their father secretly sold it before his death. But, through a seeming twist of fate, the family finds the means and opportunity to buy a grand house, a house full of magic and secrets. It is the magic of the house that will save the Grange family from their enemies.
John Booth writes a type of fantasy fiction that is nothing short of beautiful. This book is full of wonder, and enchantment like few I have encountered before. From the first sentence, the reader is endeared to the Grange family, and wants to see them succeed in their new lives. I found the characters to be incredibly well developed, and especially loved that the house has a character, nee, characters, of its own. It is exciting to watch the children learn of their heritage and discover their powers.
Often, adult fans of young adult books are criticized for relishing in childish stories. I can assure you, while this book will clearly appeal to young adult readers, there is nothing childish about it, and any adult reader can be proud to be a fan. The story is unique, the writing is sublime, and the magic is, well, magical. I am so pleased to learn that this is the first in a new series, and cannot wait to see what lies ahead for the Grange family."