This book was part of one of my book hauls on my last visit to London. Having enjoyed 'The Secret Breakers' series, my expectations were very high- and I was not disappointed!
A teenage boy finds himself washed up on the banks of the Thames. He has no idea who he is, where he is from or how he came there.
From the first page, this is an exciting, action-packed adventure with something for everyone. One of the things I really love about Helen Dennis's writing is her ability to capture real places and bring them to life. For example, Postman's Park in London is somewhere I love to visit and she captures it perfectly, using real details to enhance the story.
'River of Ink: Genesis' is full of twists and turns that keep the reader fully engaged and determined to find out who the 'River boy'. You can download the first chapter from Helen Dennis's new website- http://helendennisbooks.com/books/river-of-ink/
and I'm sure you'll be hooked from the first page!
On the website, it says that book two in the series- 'River of Ink: Zenith'- is out on the 2nd June this year. I will make sure I get my copy as I can't wait to see what happens next!
Writing as H.L Dennis, Helen Dennis is also the author of the 'Secret Breakers' series. The first books are set around Bletchley Park, the main site for Britain's code breakers during WW2. A fascinating place to visit, once again Helen Dennis brings it to life through her eye for detail and careful observations.
Extremely well written and carefully plotted, this is an excellent series for children who enjoy a really good puzzle and look for something a bit different in a read. I heard Helen speak at Cheltenham Festival a few years ago and she was fascinating, sharing code breaking secrets and techniques with very excited children.
You can find out more at http://helendennisbooks.com/