Beautifully written, extraordinarily powerful, a rare gem of a read!
Archer’s reward for being the most worthy student in his graduating class is to lose his home and all his friends.
Sent from his tranquil, medieval life to aggressive, modern-day England, Archer’s mission is to report back about cars, computers and even chocolate. The other foster boys try to break his spirit by threatening him with his own bow – they have no idea they are dealing with a trained warrior. He teaches them honour, integrity and archery; they teach him how to get in trouble with the authorities.Forced to move foster homes, things go downhill as pink-haired Mandy takes a fancy to his athletic body - his warrior defences are useless against her obnoxious wiles. She seems determined to drag Archer into the shady world of Stiff and his gang of teenage shoplifters.
Rip roaring adventure for readers of all ages Rory is the second release in the ‘Hengist - People of the Horse’ series from Jacky Gray. The first thing to be said for it is that Gray certainly knows how to spin a saga, more importantly she knows how to pitch the tone of speculative fiction. She doesn’t expect her readers to slavishly embrace the irregularities of Archer’s new timeline and setting by accepting everything at face value. Like the first book in her series this one is above all about the personal code of its young heroes, especially Archer as he begins with one view of his life and reality, and is allowed, through the curiosities of a different time, to discover another. It certainly has the intrigue of Grays first book and again she keeps the pace and inventiveness without it going too far, but there’s a whimsical element to this one that delights with its cocky confidence and a bemused view of the modern world by a boy out of his own time.
Another instalment in a highly enjoyable series, Rory proves a fitting sequel to Archer and a sure sign that Gray is onto a winner with the ‘Hengist - People of the Horse’ series. A must read for the months ahead it is highly recommended.
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