A chance encounter on the snowy slopes of a castle moat throws together three lonely teenagers: Emily, Simon, and the highly enigmatic Marcus, who is the catalyst for all that follows.
At first the castle’s ruins are merely the backdrop to a day in the snow. But when the three break into the forbidden interior of the keep, they find the castle taking on a different and deeper meaning. Despite the freezing conditions, they spend the night there, to experience the power of occupation.
But when the re-enactment gets out of control and a very real siege ensues, their playful dare soon turns into a frenzy of nightmarish action.
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Jonathan Stroud is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Bartimaeus Trilogy; The Leap; and Buried Fire. He lives in England with his family.From AudioFile:
Three lonely teens, Emily, Simon, and the mysterious Marcus, form an alliance on the snowy slopes of a castle moat. They break into the keep and decide to spend the night, enjoying a rare sense of power as they play at being occupiers. Their game becomes a terrifying reality when they decide to stay in the castle and must defend themselves against the authorities who are determined to bring them back to reality. David Thorn's narration is precise and captivating. His pacing and exact enunciation build tension amid the danger and excitement. Stroud has written a thrilling adventure, and Thorn brings it to life. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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