I was really excited to be asked to be part of the ‘Alfie Bloom and the Talisman Thief’ blog tour because I was a huge fan of the first thrilling instalment in this fantastic series from Gabrielle Kent. It provided me with the perfect opportunity to dig out my copy of ‘Alfie Bloom and the Secrets of Hexbridge Castle’ and start the adventure right back from the beginning. When Alfie Bloom inherits a castle full of magical secrets, his dull and lonely life is changed forever. But what he didn’t realise is, it comes at a price with dangers he could never have expected along the way.
In ‘Talisman Thief’ there are many revelations. We learn more about Alfie’s mysterious butler Ashford and discover the real magnitude of Alfie’s inheritance as hidden secrets of the castle emerge. Things come to a head when Ashford is kidnapped in the middle of the night. It becomes the catalyst for a number of strange events and the castle come under threat from a terrible enemy. Trapped inside with only his twin cousins and best friend Amy, it’s up to Alfie to defend the castle and protect the country from a sinister force.
‘Alfie Bloom’ is a magnificent adventure which will hold you in its grasp and keep you frantically turning the pages demanding more. Full of the unexpected it never ceases to surprise me as it gradually unpeels the mysterious layers which cover the truth of Alfie’s destiny. Whilst Alfie is a brilliant protagonist, Gabrielle has assembled a worthy supporting cast in his feisty cousins and best friend Amy. They are each tested and pushed to their limits, they are not mere accessories, their individuality and presence shine through the story. With echoes of the breadth of characters in Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, we see each of our children look inside to find their inner strength and face their own battles. We are left with a hint of what lies ahead for Alfie as he chooses to accept the inevitably of his future. What lies ahead is uncertain but we can only wait and see what Gabrielle has in store for him next. For me that moment can’t come soon enough!
Gabrielle Kent has worked in and around the videogames industry for fifteen years and currently lectures in games art and design at Teesside University. As well as teaching, she directs and presents Animex, the UK’s largest annual games and animation festival, bringing young people together from all over Europe. Gabriellehas written and contributed to a number of articles, papers and broadcasts on gaming and is a regular judge on the Games BAFTA awards. In 2006 she was voted one of the Top 100 most Influential Women in the games industry by US based Next Gen magazine.
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