Release Date: September 22, 2009
Pages: 300 (Paperback)
Most Appropriate For Ages: 8-12
Murder, mystery, and adventure aren’t your typical birthday presents . . . But for Theo, anything that breaks up his ordinary routine is the perfect gift. A mysterious “illness” and Theo’s guardians force him into a life indoors, where gloves must be worn and daily medical treatments are the norm. When Theo discovers a suspicious package on his birthday, one person from the past will unlock the secret behind Theo’s “illness” and change his life forever. Molded into an exhilarating steampunk adventure that gives birth to the next great fantasy hero, Theo Wickland, Candle Man: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance is the first book in a trilogy by debut author Glenn Dakin.
The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance was full of mysteries, interesting characters, and impressive writing and narration. The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance is definitely one for younger readers to pick up.
The plot was unique, and constantly had questions asked and answered. Unfortunately, I felt like it was too slow at times, and that there was also a little more running and less action then I would've liked. It was also quite confusing in places. This book is definitely aimed at a younger crowd.
The characters weren't bad. Theo starts being very naive child but comes out of the story as a stronger, more knowledgeable, and braver person, and it was pretty cool to be able to see that progress throughout the story. Chloe was okay, but I liked Sam and Magnus more. But I didn't connect with any of them, sadly.
Glenn Dakin's writing was probably my favorite part of the whole novel. He seemed to be at his best when he was telling the story from the gargoyle's point of view, but the writing was good throughout. I would've liked more detail about how the supernatural creatures look, but maybe he was afraid it would scare some kids.
Overall it was good. It kind of reminded me of The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket in parts. I'm not sure if I'll ever get around to reading the sequel when it comes out, but we'll see. It's not really aimed at my age group, but it was still fun and I'm glad that I got the chance to read it.
(FTC Discloser: Thank you EgmontUSA for providing me with a copy to review!)