‘She drifts, bumping the rock. Seaweed laces her legs and her hair spreads thin on the tide. She rolls with the wave, and her face rises to look at him …’
Ben will never forget the summer with his uncle in the Scottish highlands. How it began: restoring an old wrecked boat, Sea Hawk. Wandering the lochs in a boat with the wonderfully mysterious girl, Iona. But then the frightening dreams begin. And Iona vanishes.
Is she the girl in his dream? Has she been snatched by the waves, drifting in seaweed below grim, dark crags?
Is she the key?
AUTHOR, TANITH LEE
‘Beginning with a disturbed lightness, like the surface of its loch,
the novel soon reveals a similar depth and darkness.
Sea Hawk, Sea Moon is an unputdownable mystery, haunted and haunting,
with some startling twists. Its inmost secret, when finally it is revealed,
is one of the most powerfully shocking I have read for a long while.
BOOKS FOR KEEPS
‘Examines ambitiously the deeds and influences of the past criss-crossing into the present: secrets can never be fully hidden and submerged for they attach themselves to the next generation. Ben's visit to help his uncle repair a boat which the tides have cast up on the loch-side takes on nightmarish proportions when his dreams reveal what really occurred in the '30s and portend future horrors for the elderly locals to relive and the young folk to survive.
EDITOR'S CHOICE, BOL.COM
'Authentic characters, a powerful atmosphere and an acute sense of place give this book unusual depth, and real presence.
A writer to watch.’
LANCASHIRE CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE YEAR
'I liked this book because of the vivid, powerful
and atmospheric writing style.
SCHOOL LIBRARIAN, CLARE TAYLOR
'Absorbing and atmospheric, with a strong sense of place, the interaction of contemporary characters with past events and mysterious forces gave real depth and interest.’
When I was ten I read a story about two children roaming a lake in a boat, among misty mountains. I lived in a hot, dry place in Africa, but I thought, one day I’ll go there and write my own story about it. Years later, I was on the edge of just such a loch, in the Scottish Highlands. I woke one morning and Ben’s story was in my head. So I wrote it. I’ve always been fascinated by how people and events of the past seem to leave a gleam, or a shadow, or a resonating murmur of sound in a place. In a way, that’s where this story begins. It’s about a secret that refuses to stay hidden. …
Photos: © Nick Birch
[Sea Hawk, Sea Moon published by Hodder Children’s Books]