‘...Firstly, though, I would like to make something quite clear! This school is an extremely exclusive school. You do not enroll your children. We invite your children. And once they are here they will stay until we say they are ready to leave.’
Merlin’s School of Ordinary Children The Ring of Curses by Margaret Rose Blake takes you on a journey with the children and townsfolk of Calder Cove. It all begins with the death of a reclusive old man, Mr Riley and continues over an extended period of time as weird and intriguing events occur. These start behind the tall screens of the construction site that use to contain Mr Riley’s home. A massive building is soon revealed with the townsfolk informed that it is a school. No ordinary school but Merlin’s School. This begins adventures that take you to places you least expected.
From the reading of the first page a sense of excitement, a light tingling, entered my body. I could feel myself grinning from ear to ear with excitement. The Ring of Curses holds a special bit of magic that captivated me.
In the first instance I was left wondering who old Mr Riley really was and what he was writing. Still, as I write this review some weeks after reading the book I wonder if I ever did find out, but that is part of the mystery and wonderment that The Ring of Curses holds.
Within The Ring of Curses Margaret Rose Blake uses words with eloquence and style. She captivates and spellbinds. The Ring of curses is a fast moving descriptive book that has you introduced and visualising the scenes instantly. From the first chapter Margaret Rose Blake successfully introduces many town folk at once, placing you in the middle of the town as though you are a neighbour. She blends the different personalities of the characters together, creating a town that has it all.
The Ring of Curses has been well placed in the 9-15 age group. The main characters fit nicely within this bracket, holding personalities and thoughts that are very appropriate. There are some great messages hidden within this book. The ending leaves you feeling good, but wanting more, as the characters grow both personally and as a peer group.
Merlin’s School of Ordinary Children The Ring of Curses by Margaret Rose Blake gets a 5 out of 5 for me. I recommend it for both boys and girls from 9 upward and am sure it will leave them wanting to share their reading adventure with anyone who will listen.
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