A week after her mother found her sleeping on the ceiling, Amy Thomsett is delivered to her new school, Drearcliff Grange in Somerset. Although it looks like a regular boarding school, Amy learns that Drearcliff girls are special, the daughters of criminal masterminds, outlaw scientists and master magicians.
Several of the pupils also have special gifts like Amy's, and when one of the girls in her dormitory is abducted by a mysterious group in black hoods, Amy forms a secret, superpowered society called the Moth Club to rescue their friend. They soon discover that the Hooded Conspiracy runs through the school, and it is up to the Moth Club to get to the heart of it.
Kim Newman is a well-known and respected author and movie critic. He writes regularly for Empire Magazine and contributes to The Guardian, The Times, Time Out and others. He makes frequent appearances on radio and TV. He has won the Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, British Fantasy and British Science Fiction Awards and been nominated for the Hugo, World Fantasy, and James Herbert Awards.
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No - though I've thoroughly enjoyed I would likely not need to listen again.
LOVE the narrator's voice and compelling characterizations! Pure magic, as intended for the story.
I did not single one out. Outstanding distinctions between a multitude of characters. You know the character speaking based on inflection and nuances.
No - I really enjoyed it but no extreme reaction.
Ok, the story is so amazingly detailed it takes keen attention to follow the various characters and their interactions. I see that as a positive, as opposed to some Dickensonian drudgery.
I especially liked the talents of various unusuals. Instead of clubbing the reader over the head with obvious distinctions, talents and peculiarities are malleable and diffuse. Clever structuring for the story which encourages the imagination to wander.
- Jean Gray