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Voices in the Dark

EDITORIAL REVIEW: *Asking for the truth can be as painful as telling it. . . .*Anselm Andros has clearly defined roles in his family and they are roles he plays very well—he is confidante to his mother, Maria. He is the confessor to his stepfather, Leo, a man haunted by the secrets of his past. And Anselm is also the patient, caring brother to his precocious sister, Jasmine. When the political landscape of Malonia starts to shift, this unassuming family begins to unravel. Even though they’ve spent the past fifteen years leading a quiet life, Maria and Leo’s actions are forever linked to the turbulent history of Malonia and its parallel world, modern-day England. With so much uncertainty at home and in his world, it is more important than ever for Anselm to put all the pieces of the past together. He must listen to his own voice and acknowledge his fears and desires—whatever the cost.

EDITORIAL REVIEW: *Asking for the truth can be as painful as telling it. . . .*Anselm Andros has clearly defined roles in his family and they are roles he plays very well—he is confidante to his mother, Maria. He is the confessor to his stepfather, Leo, a man haunted by the secrets of his past. And Anselm is also the patient, caring brother to his precocious sister, Jasmine. When the political landscape of Malonia starts to shift, this unassuming family begins to unravel. Even though they’ve spent the past fifteen years leading a quiet life, Maria and Leo’s actions are forever linked to the turbulent history of Malonia and its parallel world, modern-day England. With so much uncertainty at home and in his world, it is more important than ever for Anselm to put all the pieces of the past together. He must listen to his own voice and acknowledge his fears and desires—whatever the cost.

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The Eyes of a King

SUMMARY: FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD LEO NORTH’S prospects in life are limited. He attends military school, lives with his fearful grandmother, and looks after his brother Stirling. He resists his innate powers, because those who demonstrate any sort of magical ability are considered enemies of the state. But when he finds a blank book in the snow, his typical indifference melts away. From the first moment he touches the book, he senses its strange power. Passages start to appear on the pages—revealing family secrets, telling the history of Malonia, and uncovering the story of Ryan and Anna, two teens from a parallel universe. When Leo’s seemingly narrow path takes an unexpected tragic turn, he finds himself on a journey from which he can never really return. And, as he slowly begins to lose touch with reality, Ryan and Anna’s story comes to the forefront. Their idyllic summer romance—seemingly worlds away from Leo—has everything to do with Malonia.

SUMMARY: FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD LEO NORTH’S prospects in life are limited. He attends military school, lives with his fearful grandmother, and looks after his brother Stirling. He resists his innate powers, because those who demonstrate any sort of magical ability are considered enemies of the state. But when he finds a blank book in the snow, his typical indifference melts away. From the first moment he touches the book, he senses its strange power. Passages start to appear on the pages—revealing family secrets, telling the history of Malonia, and uncovering the story of Ryan and Anna, two teens from a parallel universe. When Leo’s seemingly narrow path takes an unexpected tragic turn, he finds himself on a journey from which he can never really return. And, as he slowly begins to lose touch with reality, Ryan and Anna’s story comes to the forefront. Their idyllic summer romance—seemingly worlds away from Leo—has everything to do with Malonia.

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La isla de las mil historias

Una pequeña isla perdida en el Mediterráneo, entre Sicilia y el norte de África, es el escenario imaginado por Catherine Banner para desarrollar esta cautivadora alegoría sobre la radical transformacion de Europa durante los últimos cien años. La historia comienza con la llegada a Castellamare de Amedeo Esposito, un joven originario de Florencia que viene a ocupar el puesto de médico permanente en ese remoto peñon, donde el tiempo parece haberse detenido antes de la primera guerra mundial. Allí establecerá su hogar e iniciará una larga saga cuyos miembros, hábiles narradores de historias, transmitirán de generacion en generacion los secretos de la familia y los avatares de un siglo vertiginoso y convulso.

Aunque Amedeo desembarca dispuesto a realizar su tarea con seriedad y rigor, un hombre inquieto y curioso como él no puede sustraerse al hechizo de la isla. Así pues, cuando surge la oportunidad de comprar el abandonado bar del pueblo, el joven doctor ignora que aquella ‘casa al borde de la noche’, como se la conoce por estar ubicada en un sitio impresionante frente al inmenso mar, será un punto de inflexion en su vida y se convertirá en el centro social de Castellamare. Desde ese mirador privilegiado, Amedeo y su esposa Pina, una isleña inteligente y hermosa, verán transcurrir los acontecimientos más significativos de las décadas siguientes, desde la segunda guerra mundial hasta la era de internet, el turismo de masas y la terrible crisis financiera de 2008.

Unos personajes memorables, situados en un entorno natural imponente, hacen de La isla de las mil historias una novela singular, rebosante de vitalidad y fantasía, en la que la fuerza y la fragilidad del ser humano se manifiestan en un espacio casi mítico donde se difuminan los contornos entre leyenda y realidad.

(source: Bol.com)

Una pequeña isla perdida en el Mediterráneo, entre Sicilia y el norte de África, es el escenario imaginado por Catherine Banner para desarrollar esta cautivadora alegoría sobre la radical transformacion de Europa durante los últimos cien años. La historia comienza con la llegada a Castellamare de Amedeo Esposito, un joven originario de Florencia que viene a ocupar el puesto de médico permanente en ese remoto peñon, donde el tiempo parece haberse detenido antes de la primera guerra mundial. Allí establecerá su hogar e iniciará una larga saga cuyos miembros, hábiles narradores de historias, transmitirán de generacion en generacion los secretos de la familia y los avatares de un siglo vertiginoso y convulso.

Aunque Amedeo desembarca dispuesto a realizar su tarea con seriedad y rigor, un hombre inquieto y curioso como él no puede sustraerse al hechizo de la isla. Así pues, cuando surge la oportunidad de comprar el abandonado bar del pueblo, el joven doctor ignora que aquella ‘casa al borde de la noche’, como se la conoce por estar ubicada en un sitio impresionante frente al inmenso mar, será un punto de inflexion en su vida y se convertirá en el centro social de Castellamare. Desde ese mirador privilegiado, Amedeo y su esposa Pina, una isleña inteligente y hermosa, verán transcurrir los acontecimientos más significativos de las décadas siguientes, desde la segunda guerra mundial hasta la era de internet, el turismo de masas y la terrible crisis financiera de 2008.

Unos personajes memorables, situados en un entorno natural imponente, hacen de La isla de las mil historias una novela singular, rebosante de vitalidad y fantasía, en la que la fuerza y la fragilidad del ser humano se manifiestan en un espacio casi mítico donde se difuminan los contornos entre leyenda y realidad.

(source: Bol.com)

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