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This series opener has appealing motifs but is tedious and longer
than necessary. Twelve-year-old George gets in trouble on a museum
field trip, stalks outside and angrily swings at a small stone
carving. Shockingly, the dragon's head comes off in his hand. From
that moment on, stone creatures are after him. A stone pterodactyl
slides off the building and gives chase; as George races madly
away, three stone salamanders join the pursuit. A statue of a
Gunner from the Great War steps in and blasts the creatures to
bits, but the respite is temporary. George has upset a balance he
doesn't understand. His quest to put things right is aided by the
Gunner and also by Edie, a girl of George's age who channels the
past. They move through London, fighting desperately and seeking
explanations from sphinxes and statues. Fletcher's action sequences
are disappointingly dry. More intriguing are his philosophies about
stone and "makers" (builders), and the protagonists' family
histories, but these are too sparse, leaving the whole
unsatisfying. (Fantasy. 10-12) (Kirkus Reviews)
Deep in the City something has been woken, so old that people have
been walking past it for centuries without giving it a second
look!' When George breaks the dragon's head outside the Natural
History Museum he awakes an ancient power. This prehistoric beast,
sentry-still for centuries, hunts him down with a terrifying wrath.
And this is just the beginning! The taints and spits -- statues
with opposing natures -- are warring forces; wreaking deadly havoc
on the cities landscape. The World War One gunner offers protection
of sorts; and the wisdom of the Sphinx is legendary. But George and
his companion Edie are trapped in a world of danger. And worse --
they are quite alone. The rest of London is oblivious to their
plight. This epic adventure exposes forces long-dormant in the
fabric of London. After entering its richly original and
breathtaking world, the city streets and skyline will never again
seem the same!
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