When Jamie’s mother inherits a small island and moves her little family from Harlem to Ireland, her troubled son sees a chance to start over, far away from the bullies and the pitying stares. Cancer has left Jamie without an arm or the will to speak. But Muck Island is no sanctuary, and it offers more than solitude and sea views. Jamie learns that he is heir to an ancient title—Laird of Muck, Guardian of the Passage—and certain otherworldly responsibilities. With the help of a mysterious object he discovers in the island’s old lighthouse, Jamie sets out on a dangerous interstellar mission that could change the course of his life—and the universe—forever.
Tautly paced and brilliantly imagined, this novel will thrill sci-fi fans eager for new heroes and new worlds to explore.
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By Clare on 07-04-11
found a trilogy to love
Bought because of who narrated it and found a trilogy to love
Loved this book it is definitely a young adult book but I am 21 and really enjoyed it as did my aunt who is 50. Jamie is a well written character and the love story between him and Wishaway is sweet.
You would like this book if you liked the looking glass wars, but it is worth getting just to listen to Gerald Doyle’s voice.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By FAP on 09-04-13
Downloaded this to listen to in the car on journeys with my teenage daughter - a really good listen. looking forward to listening to the next installment in the trilogy. Recommend if you like a good yarn that stirs your imagination.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Kathy on 21-04-11
McKinty is a wonderful storyteller and he has really written something special in this Lighthouse series. I was more familiar with his gritty, gory crime novels but Lighthouse series is completely different. I loved the vivid imagination and that the main characters were teens who have to work together, use history lessons, physics, trigonometry and other sciences to problems solve. McKinty also throws in large helpings of humor that truly made me laugh out loud. Gerald Doyle is a wonderful narrator -- young, old , male, female, Irish, American -- he can do it all.
If you have a youngster who can't quite focus on school, these books may help with that. After all, if you would like to be a valued person during an Intergalactic War, you need to know math, chemistry, history etc, etc, not to mention what to do if you fall in love with an alien ,,, a bit of a sticky wicket that.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
By Stan on 16-01-11
Wating for the next book
Although I am 61 years old I still enjoy a good novel. Adrian McKinty has written a very good one. I will be waiting for the next book.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful