I only gave this three stars because there were things I loved and at times it dragged for me. There used to be days like the here and now, our world. The sea is alive, and angry. What the clock was for, what it was about. Wow, this is really confusing isn't it. Now it's all kinds of crazy. I again enjoyed Advent and continued to be impressed with Treadwell's creation of the world we know so well, as affected by magic in a way that we could not predict.
Loved this book, and the entire series. I highly recommend this to fantasy fans who are looking for that next great read. From then onwards the story becomes slightly interesting as we lay witness to this small civilisation cut-off from the world, surviving through teamwork and friendship. But, being a 10 year old boy means he was witnessing a lot without really being capable of effective action. And this is true, although I do want to go back and read the first two books just to see where it all started. Or to be technical sirens as they are called in the book.
There is one other boy but things don't work out so well for him. I read on Wikipedia that this series was the author imagining what would happen if we had magic in a modern day setting. They all have to ration not only food, but just random things like clothes etc because once these things are gone, they are just gone. He lives on an island with his mum and other women. The author, James Treadwell, has stated that his concept for the series was to imagine what would happen in the modern world if magic was to suddenly return. I highly recommend this to fantasy fans who are looking for that next great read. I liked this book well enough, but let me say there is a whole lot of crazy going on up in this book.
After the development in Anarchy, I was expecting Arcadia to be a bit more. But then Treadwell focuses our attentions on a single small island off the coast of England and we don't really experience the chaos of the world. I wanted to linger in this world, with these characters, for as long as possible. On a tiny archipelago, cut off from the rest of the world by a cursed sea, a handful of survivors live a precarious existence, clinging to their memories of the time before magic and their hope that those times will return. One night, for the first time since the world changed and the curse descended, strangers appear on the island. He ends up with a crew of three people that have different magical abilities.
You really just have to read it because it's got a really good and bizarre plot. I read on Wikipedia that this series was the author imagining what would happen if we had magic in a modern day setting. It started off very linear and very simplistic which was okay because there was a plot, a set path for the story that turned out to be quite a good premise. In this particular book you have Rory and he's ten years old. He and his mother and a handful of survivors live an exhausting and precarious existence, entirely isolated. How would it affect or change society and what would it mean for certain individuals? This, Rory knows straightaway, is not good at all.
On a tiny archipelago out of sight of the rest of the world lives Rory, a ten-year-old boy. This is a trilogy which I feel has somewhat flown under the radar with very little pre-publicity buzz. If you are looking for a fantasy trilogy that ties up in anything resembling a fairly neat packet, this isn't it. He and his mother and a handful of survivors live an exhausting and precarious existence, entirely isolated. The slender white shape has moved. On a tiny archipelago out of sight of the rest of the world lives Rory, a ten-year-old boy. Moments of writing brilliance trapped in slow mud.
This series seems to have flown largely under-the-radar, but I hope word of mouth and publicity will encourage people to pick up this wonderfully charming and fulfilling series. I loved the new stories and new characters he introduced, and I liked how it all tied together in some way or another. Thanks to NetGalley for the copy! Once upon a time there was a stone plaque up here. I don't know why but I thought that was funny, I guess because of all the surroundings that it just seemed funny to mention taking a poo in a working toilet! As far as he knows, Rory is the only boy left. They all have to ration not only food, but just random things like clothes etc because once these things are gone, they are just gone. .
Arcadia 1 From the top of Briar Hill he can see the whole world. And one of them seems to know Rory by sight…Caught up in their quest, Rory enters an England of terrors and marvels, at the heart of which lies a place where journeys unimaginably longer and older than his will reach their end: Pendurra. Treadwell's prose is completely engaging, rich, and thought-provoking. All the best berries are around the foot of the hill, and sloes are on the shoreline near the church. James's style draws you in.
I found the mermaid the protagonist interacts with fascinating and wanted more time with her, but got instead a peculiar development with a menacing Italian trio. It's not until the last few chapters that all the threads start to come together and previous characters return for the conclusion. There are still buildings that the people live in that was from before, you know like regular houses, churches, etc. Amid the wrecks of civilization and battling gangs of horse-riding women and dog fur-clad men, Rory is forced to decide whether the revealed gods who lurk within the ordinary should stay visible or go back to hiding. He pushes Rory away and sets off in that direction.