For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can’t quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. His older brother, Rob – a young lawyer with an utterly normal life – hopes that this strange family secret will disappear with disuse, and he will be discharged from his duty of protecting Charley and the real world from each other.
But then, literary characters start causing trouble in their city, making threats about destroying the world, and for once, it isn’t Charley’s doing. There’s someone else out there who shares his powers and it’s up to Charley and a reluctant Rob to stop them – before anyone gets to The End.
Charley was a gifted child, talking at 8 months old and reading soon after. When his mother found him sat with Dr Seuss’ Cat In The Hat, they realise he has a talent. A talent that enables him to bring characters from literature alive and into the real world….
At 26 years old, he has moved to New Zealand and lives close to his brother Rob. One night Rob receives a call…..Uriah Heep has escaped.
Uriah is eventually returned to David Copperfield, but he had been talking of a New World…..and so the adventure begins.
Someone else has Charley’s talent and Rob and Charley need to put an end to nefarious plans and get various characters back in their books…
Along the way we meet Dorian Grey, Sherlock and so many more characters from classic literature. I loved their interactions and it really appealed to the book nerd in me.
This is a fun romp through literature, a real boys own adventure. At its heart is a tale of two brothers and their relationship in a totally unique and so thoroughly entertaining read. I love it.
Thank you to Tracy and Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
H.G. Parry has a PhD in English literature and teaches at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. She has published a number of short stories; The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is her debut novel.