What can I say? The plot is excellent, the prose is well written, and the characters have facinating abilities. And yet, and yet... well... I think the problem comes in that Wright, in the end, has some difficulty writing a female protagonist. She's never quite believable, especially considering her reaction to the perverse situations that Wright constantly insists on throwing her into.
The book description makes this sound like a book most especially for teenagers but it isn't. Complex, weaving the mythology of several peoples, it will keep you guessing for half of the book. If you know lots about several mythological realms you might catch on fast. This book is set in the current timeframe. Not a "lite" read.
Five children at a rather odd boarding school somewhere in England all discover they have 'magic' powers. After learning they are not human, their powers seem to manifest, leading them upon a quest to find out who they really are.
About one hundred pages from the end of this book I finally gave up the challenge after realising I just did not have the knowledge of either mythology or science to keep up with the story. If the author could have simplified it just a little I might have made it. I have read many good reviews of this book however, which prompted me to pick it up in the first place. I'm sure others may enjoy it more than I.
Didn't even finish it. Felt like I got 200 pages of character but no plot.
I thought I knew something about Greek mythology, but still found it a bit difficult to follow who some of the characters were supposed to be. But still an enjoyable and imaginative novel, and I'll read the next one in the trilogy. If you like far future sci-fi, check out the author's Golden Age trilogy. His imagination is astounding.