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On his twelfth birthday Lewis Nash comes home from school to find that his house has blown up to smithereens, killing his father. Having lost his mother in an accident four years earlier, Lewis realizes he is now an orphan — but he has no time to dwell on it. The moment he gets off the school bus a fearsome wolf-man tries to grab him. The boy is saved in the nick of time by Master Long, who reveals to him that he’s a Shaper from a place called Xor, which is being devoured by the Realm Pirates. Lewis learns that he must do his utmost to become the powerful Shaper he was destined to be.
Because, it would seem, he’s the one and only chance Xor has.
As we start the story, the blurb is used as like a mini prologue, skipping over those parts and getting straight into the story, into the world of Xor. Although it's not a straight skip, the information provided in the blurb is a little repeated, without going into too much detail, getting straight into the story.
A good pacing is used throughout the whole story, from start to finish we are on one wavelength and are also constantly being pulled through. It is not a desperate pull through the novel, but imagine it like you are following a friend around. It is calm and we are relaxed, not forced to push ourselves but to take our time, to soak up this world, what's happening and think about everything.
I find it annoying sometimes when everyone keeps saying "he is such a smart boy" about Lewis, and are in awe of him. This is one factor that makes you immediately recognise that it is a middle grade novel, among other things that give this away as well. The other characters that..... (this is the end of your snippet, please go to the blog to view the full review)