Sorcerers of the Nightwing: Book 1: The Ravenscliff Series

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Is this the destiny he had come to find?
To die in a house of secrets, to discover
not his past but his fate: doomed to
spend eternity as one more ghost
haunting the halls of Ravenscliff?

Every kid fears the monsters in the closet -- but for Devon March, the monsters are all too real. At fourteen, Devon is sent to live at Ravenscliff, a dark seaside mansion where secrets abound and the dead just won't stay that way. He learns that he is a sorcerer of the Order of the Nightwing, a three-thousand-year-old tradition of mysticism and magic -- the roots of which run deep at Ravenscliff. In a house of mysteries, he'll have to decide quickly who is friend and who is foe, because Ravenscliff's worst nightmare -- the Madman -- is coming back, and he's bringing Hell with him.

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Geoffrey Huntington lives in a house by the sea not far from where the ghost of a pirate is said to eternally walk the cliffs in search of his lost gold. He is the author of Sorcerers of the Nightwing: Book I of the Ravenscliff Series, which introduced the world to the young sorcerer Devon March. Under another name, he is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction.

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Gr. 7-10. Although published by an adult press, the first volume in the Ravenscliff series is clearly better suited to younger readers: the main characters are in high school; the horror is fairly tame in comparison with the usual gory adult fare; and there's nothing subtle about the good-versus-evil goings-on. But don't mistake this for a "new" Harry Potter despite some similarities (adopted boy learns to tame inherited magical powers, seeks parents, finds friends, and fights horrible demon who wishes to return from banishment). It lacks both the depth and the cleverness of Rowling's stories, drawing most of its horrific elements straight from such readily identifiable sources as The Wizard of Oz ("Just click your heels, and you will go where you want to go"), Superman, and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (of course, without the wicked sex). Still, horror fiction is in short supply for this age group, and although this isn't great, the familiar allusions and melodramatic action (and occasional satire) will help sell it, as will the ongoing mystery about the future and past of a teenage hero who needs only to tell himself "I'm stronger than they are" to make things happen. For collections where horror fiction is in demand. REVWR
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