Saturday, October 5, 2013

ARC Review: Fire Storm by Andrew Lane

Fire Storm
Author: Andrew Lane
Publication: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (October 1, 2013)

Description: Young Sherlock's friend and her father have vanished. Their house looks as if nobody has ever lived in it; the neighbors claim never to have heard of them. Sherlock begins to doubt his sanity, until a clever clue points him to Scotland. Following that clue leads him into a mystery that involves kidnapping, bodysnatchers, and a man who claims he can raise the dead. Only the budding detective Sherlock can untangle the mind-bending--and dangerous--puzzles that ensnare his friends. Think you know Sherlock Holmes? Think again!

My Thoughts: In this fourth adventure in the Young Sherlock Holmes series, Sherlock meets and defeats a number of villains. Ever since the beginning of this series, Sherlock has been plagued by the strange housekeeper at his aunt and uncle's home. In this episode, he finds out her story which is also that of a local blackmailer and manages to outwit them both. He and his friend Matty are in great danger while they do so.

The main focus of the story is about the disappearance of his teacher Amycus Crowe and his daughter Virginia. An old enemy of Amycus has come from America determined to take revenge by killing him and his daughter. Amycus flees but leaves clues that let Sherlock, Matty, and Rufus Stone track them down to Edinburgh. But the villains aren't far behind and they have teamed up with the crime lord who controls Edinburgh too. 

The story is filled with adventure. It is also filled with lots of deductions by the young Sherlock Holmes. I liked seeing the seeds planted that would grow the boy into Arthur Conan Doyle's adult Sherlock Holmes. Young Sherlock's desire to play the violin perfectly despite his difficulty with expressing emotions, his interest in theatrical make-up and disguise, his keen observations are all things that can be seen in the adult Sherlock. I think Lane does a great job in building reasons why Sherlock becomes Sherlock and telling a fast-paced, exciting story while doing so.

Fans of the series won't want to miss this episode. Sherlock Holmes lovers won't want to miss this exciting young adult series. 

Favorite Quote:
"You must tell me the story when you get back." Mycroft kept staring at Sherlock. There was a strange look in his eyes, as if he was simultaneously seeing someone very familiar and someone who was a complete stranger."You have my gift of being able to see a seed and extrapolate the flower," he said eventually, "but you also have something I lack—a regard for flowers, and a dislike of weeds. I admire you, Sherlock. I admire you greatly."
I got this ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. You can buy your copy here

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