I have just finished reading The Jewel Keepers, and wow. This book not only has a brilliant plot but amazing storytelling on Bousfield’s part. Mortunda’s part of the story was my favourite because she comes from ’old England’ and lives with a tribe that believes in magic and that everything is living. I agree with all the other reviews, it’s a page turner. I’m looking forward to the next books in the series and can’t wait to find out what happens with Katie and Mortunda. I would definately recommend this book because it’s very cleverly written and you honestly won’t be able to put it down.
Lucy Fen, 5th July 2009
Finished the book and looking forward to finding out what happens in the next two books. In the beginning I found it a little confusing but quickly got used to the format, and especially liked the present day parts of the book. Interesting to compare the different times and settings with the common thread of the jewel running through it, but I wanted more of the hannah and robert duke story coz that was the part I enjoyed most. The part I enjoyed least was the talking animals as I thought the story was strong enough without them.I liked the character of nanna and Katie most, could see a lot of readers would identify with Katie and her feelings towards the big changes taking place in her life.
I can see the story would appeal to teenage girls and will let some of my friends who are secondary teachers know about the books
Nicola Richardson, 2nd July 2009
The book centres around two main characters Mortunda who lives in the 1st century and Katie who lives in the present day. The story effortlessly switches between the ever changing lives of the two girls who are bound together by a jewel which was a gift from the Gods to Human kind. The jewel has somehow been lost through time and Katie has found out that she is destined to try and find it. The Jewel Keepers - Book one: Albion is a fantastic start to the trilogy. I can’t wait to read the next one. The story is entertaining and would please both adults and teenagers alike.
Sue Barnett, 24 June 2009
I really enjoyed the Jewel Keepers and look forward to seeing what happens next. That's one of the few criticims I have in fact...that it’s not quite flagged up clearly enough on the cover that the story will not end here, so to speak...
But I thought the book raced along in a very good way and both your heroines are most engaging. Katie’s bits in particular are super...loved all the Manchester detail and the Nana strand was lovely. The hearing what animals say is good and the way the fortress appears is very convincing. I think it’s well-written and all the characters are well-drawn, even the squirrel and the birds! So well done ...I’m going to write a couple of lines about it in my website newsletter though I have to warn you that not many people read my website newsletter.
Adele Geras, 5th July 2009
This book tells a thrilling tale of two young girls separated by thousands of years. It is a page turner and will get you absorbed. It is written very well, and I enjoyed all the celtic era. I enjoyed the prologue at the beginning as it sets off the whole story, it was really interesting to read and one of my favourite parts. I can’t wait to read the next book, as it will lead on from the twist at the end of this book. You must read it, it will enchant you and make you want to read more.
Charlotte Mcgarry, 26 June 2009
This book is so wonderfully scripted and interwoven that i just couldnt put the book down, needing to know exactly what was going to come next . It was very ambitious to include mental illness in the book - yet didnt seem to marr the book in any way and didnt take the mystical aspect of the book away in any sense. The characters were very intriguingly similar yet different. A brilliant author - cant wait for the next book.
Kay, 20 June 2009