If you haven’t yet come across the Ghost World sequence, then you’ve missed a series of books as significant in their way as Joan Aiken’s Wolves Chronicles, Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising, Diana Wynne Jones’s Crestomanci books, and even the Chronicles of Narnia. ‘The Ghost Drum’ and its sequels (or prequels) are up there alongside those classics in terms of quality, but have a style all of their own which sets them apart.
Reading ‘The Ghost Drum’ isn’t so much like reading an ordinary children’s novel as hearing a fairytale from the Brothers Grimm – it doesn’t feel like something that somebody made up, but like a legend that’s been told for centuries. Be warned, it’s as hard-boiled as any Grimm tale, too – it has one of the most jaw-dropping scenes (several of them, in fact) that I’ve ever come across in a book. Any book. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you can survive to the end you’ll be cheering.
If you’re captivated by the idea of spirit-travel through different worlds, feuding shamans who roam the Russian steppes in huts on animals’ legs, incomprehensible evil and equally astonishing forces of good – including an absolutely implacable heroine who makes The Terminator seem like a quitter – then check out ‘The Ghost Drum’.
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