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The Book of Storms

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The Book of Storms

The last thing 11-year-old Danny O’Neill wants to do is leave the safe confines of his home. Danny has never felt the urge to get out and explore, travel to strange places or meet new people. This may be because his older sister died when she was young while caught in a vicious storm. Danny’s parents have always chased after storms to try to find some answers about his sister’s death, but desperately try to keep him safe. When Danny awakes one morning after a particular vicious storm and finds his parents missing, he has no choice but to go looking for them. However, Danny has no idea what he is getting himself into, and this journey of chasing after his parents and storms might just cost him his life.

At first, Danny has no clue where to go or what to look for when trying to find his parents. In his own backyard, Danny stumbles upon a dying tree that broke in last night’s storm. He picks up a stick, and is shocked to find that when he does,he can hear the thoughts of the tree, the plants around him and even his cat, Mitz. The trees, plants and Mitz don’t have much to offer concerning what happened to Danny’s parents, but Danny reads his parents’ storm journal and finds that they were looking for something called The Book of Storms. While his parents never located The Book of Storms, they did locate the last person who knew of it, Abel Korsakof, and Danny sets off to find Korsakof, The Book of Storms and hopefully, his parents.

If you're looking for a refreshing new trilogy to pic up, look no further! 

Meanwhile, a demonic creature named Sammael is watching Danny’s adventure with great interest. Sammael knows exactly where Danny’s parents are, and he knows that if Danny does find The Book of Storms, Sammael will be in some trouble. Nothing or no one can harm Sammael, that much he knows, but Danny could make Sammael’s life more difficult than it needs to be, so Sammael decides it’s time to intervene and stop Danny in his tracks.

 

With Sammael’s intervention, Danny suddenly finds himself battling for his life. Korsakof reveals who Sammael is and what The Book of Storms can do, but not before he tries to kill Danny. Danny tries to seek refuge in his cousin’s house, but it seems that even his family is out to get him or murder him in his sleep. Now Danny is running out of time. He’s running out of time to stop Sammael from wreaking even more destruction with new and dangerous storms, save his parents from being trapped in a never-ending storm, and save his own life! 

THE BOOK OF STORMS is the first book in a new trilogy about one of those nighttime creatures you often forget about --- the sandman. I often remember the sandman as a somewhat pleasant person who brings you dreams, but author Ruth Hatfield puts a fresh spin on this creature in quite a terrifying way. Sammael, or the sandman, is quite a complex character, and I’m eager to see what happens next as he continues to cross paths with Danny and make Danny’s life quite miserable. If you're looking for a refreshing new trilogy to pic up, look no further!

Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on December 3, 2014

The Book of Storms
by Ruth Hatfield

  • Publication Date: June 7, 2016
  • Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult 10+
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • ISBN-10: 1250073464
  • ISBN-13: 9781250073464