You know, I really like horror and suspense novels written for children or young adults. Its like the author has such strict perimeters he or she must write within, that the author comes up with uniquely horrible situations meant to terrify a child’s mind. I don’t know about you, but those things that frightened me as a child still secretly frighten me today. The lighter creepiness of these novels plays to this fright, and gives a most enjoyable read.
The Book of Dead Days is the first in a series. We follow the adventures of a boy (named, aptly, Boy) as he works as the apprentice of a sorcerer. The sorcerer engages in some sketchy past times, looking for eternal life, selling his soul to the devil, then trying to back out of that sale. You know, usual sorcerer stuff. Boy and his friend must stop the sorcerer from replacing his own soul with Boy’s, and they are naturally on a deadline.
It was a fun and quick read, without the triteness of most horror-for-children novels. I suggest pulling this out for a cozy time by the fire this winter. Enjoy!