Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least that’s what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn’t exactly normal… Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of people who can alone see the real ‘Creatures’ which inhabit the Earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like Ewan, go to learn the ways of the Creatures.
Author: Shaun Hume
First Published: 31/10/2012 This Edition: 31/07/2013
Pages: 499 Date Started: 22/05/2017 Date Finished: 29/06/2017
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I was approached by the author – Shaun Hume – to give an honest review of this book in exchange, Shaun gave me an e-copy version of this book.
Before I started or even accepted this book, I had a look around on Goodreads and Amazon to find out a bit more about it. I was instantly drawn in to the two quotes, ‘An instant antidote to Post Potter Depression” and ‘If you’re suffering from Harry Potter withdrawals, then look no further.’ So being the Potterhead that I am, I had to give this book a try.
Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith is the first book in this series, however, there isn’t a second book out yet though it has been planned and others too, but we, the readers, need to shout and share this book to help bring Ewan’s story forward! Without further ado let me carry on talking about this book.
Ewan Pendle is an eleven year old boy who has a foster family who no longer wants him because he is ‘weird’ and keeps seeing ‘imaginary creatures.’ but when Ewan is once again moved off to what he thinks is going to be his eleventh foster family, he actually meets Enola, a Master at Firedrake Lyceum, where he finds out that he’s not actually weird at all and these creatures he sees, are very much real. He meets his two best friends, Mathilde and Enid. Enid is a pirate, Ewan meets her when he attempts to help her when she is getting bullied by some older kids, because she is a pirate. I’m not sure why she’s getting bullied for being a pirate as I don’t remember seeing any reason as to why it was bad to have a pirate in the school?!
The people who can see the creatures and are a part of Ewan’s world are called Lenitnes, whereas the ‘normal’ people are called lubbers – so like in Harry Potter where you have Muggles. I was a bit disappointed that the creatures that they can see didn’t really make much of an appearance in this book so I hope that in the second book they will get introduced more perhaps. Ewan and his two friends, are on a mission throughout the school year to try and save the Queen from the assassination attempts that have happened and they think that they know who is responsible, and they discover who is really behind it.
This book is done from mainly three points of view but there is a fourth at the beginning of the book, it is mostly done from Ewan’s point of view as he is the main character of this story. We also get to read some of it from Mathilde and Enid’s point of view and the fourth person who we begin with is a mysterious girl called Betony.
There are a few similarities between this and Harry Potter but it does separate itself because of the different worlds that have been made. Some comparisons include a trio of friends except it is two girls, some speech is a little similar the quote ‘I’ll be with you in a moment.’ in Ewan Pendle jumped out at me as what Hagrid says in Harry Potter so I just kept imagining that when it was said. There are some others but I don’t want to give anything away so you’ll have to read it for yourself.
I only had one thing that I didn’t like about this book during my read, it was Mathilde’s speech, well not her speech as such, but she says ‘dude’ A LOT. And while it wasn’t really a problem, I didn’t really like it that much. Aside from that I did quite enjoy this book and I would like to read more about Ewan and his friends and see what other adventures they get up to and how they get on in their other school years.
I do recommend this book if you enjoyed Harry Potter, but obviously you don’t have to have read Harry Potter to enjoy this, it’s different and intriguing and you will definitely end up wanting to know a bit more about this world.
So thank you Shaun Hume for sending me this book and I can’t wait to find out more!
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