Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Last of the High Kings

The Last of the High Kings by Kate Thompson
This sequel catches up with its hero, J.J. Liddy, now married with four children, including one intractable 11-year-old whose mysterious destiny is intertwined with the mythic fairy kingdom of their native Ireland. Jenny regularly ditches school to talk to goats and ghosts, "a skill that had taken her some time to acquire," roaming the rocky countryside barefoot because her "feet can't see where they're going when they have shoes on them." Thompson weaves a line of dread about Jenny's future into a narrative that centers on the fate of a ghost she's befriended, that of a boy who's been guarding a beacon with an odd treasure beneath it, for thousands of years.

3 comments:

Terry Studer/Barnes & Noble reviewer said...

...A fantastic story told by the fireplace before the children go to bed is what I envision through every household in Ireland. If you believe in magic and fairy tales then this is the perfect book for you. A must read for anyone from the ages of 12 to 90.

Nate said...

Fabulous. Startling images. Wonderful plot turns. Characters that will stick with me. JJ as an adult is simply brilliant.

A worthy successor to the near perfection that was "The New Policman"

Carrot in the stew said...

This one didn't interest me at all. I didn't get past page 50.
If you are into fairy tales maybe this would be a great book to read?
I am not giving it any stars as I didn't finish it.