Five Nights to the Crimson Moon
Walter Renfrey. Walter Renfrey, $15.99 paper (304p) ISBN 978-0-646-58641-0
Renfrey%E2%80%99s spellbinding fantasy adventure, set in the high-tech land of Gol, follows 13-year-old Corbin, a bullying victim spooked by his dreams, as he uses his telekinetic ability to rescue his mother after she is trapped in the Dream-stone, a crystal with the power to control nightmares. Meanwhile, traitorous former Gol Guard Ripho seizes the Dreamstone, kidnaps the children of Gol, recruits a ruthless army, and escapes to his fortress, Howling Mountain, to consolidate power and destroy the Dreamstone when the crimson moon next appears. With time ticking away, Corbin%E2%80%94who receives a little help along the way%E2%80%94sets out to save his mother, the Dreamstone, and the world. The plot builds with fast-paced twists%E2%80%94electro snowstorms, mind-talking, daring recues%E2%80%94as the sensible hero takes control of his destiny. Chief among the book%E2%80%99s many strengths are its well-developed characters, who will feel familiar to readers. Ages 12%E2%80%93up.
Reviewed on: 12/24/2012