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Eight Rivers of Shadow

Eight Rivers of Shadow Leo Hunt
Pub date 14th July 2016
Publisher (UK) Orchard Books
Publisher (US) Candlewick Press

Six months after the events of Thirteen Days of Midnight, Luke Manchett thinks he’s put his father’s ghosts behind him. His biggest worry is the exams which are just months away, but when an exchange student named Ash appears at his school, life takes another turn into the darkness. Ash is the daughter of a man Luke’s father killed, and she needs his help with a dangerous magical ritual which will restore her twin sister to life. Drawn in by her sad story, Luke agrees, but the ritual turns out to have a cost greater than he ever imagined, and he finds that either he or Ash stand to lose everyone they love. Along with local witchlet Elza Moss, and his cowardly dog Ham, Luke will face ghosts both old and new, and travel deeper into the world of the dead than ever before.

 

Praise for Eight Rivers of Shadow

'Hunt writes nicely effective horror, balancing the normal teen lives of his characters ... against their supernatural adventures. As in the previous book, Luke's time spent inhabiting Ham's mind is a highlight. Whopping good suspense in the netherworld.' – Kirkus Reviews

'As dark and witty as the first work in the series, this sequel is a perfect follow-up to 13 Days of Midnight...The characterization of the teens, combined with a quick pace and a betrayal- and revenge-driven plot, speeds the work along to a satisfying if somewhat sad conclusion. But a few unresolved loose ends will leave readers sincerely hoping for another installment. Those already familiar with Luke, Elza, and the spirits of the banished Host will not be disappointed in this new adventure.' – School Library Journal

'Steeped in the macabre, 8 Rivers of Shadow pulls from a variety of dark lore and myth to create mystical horror backdrop...demons and spirits, like The Shepherd, The Widow, and The Fury, are easy to visualize and sympathize with despite their various circumstances.' – VOYA

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