Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: Infinity Coil
Publish September 15, 2015
Infinity Coil, by Edmonton author and playwright Marty Chan, is the second book in the The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles. This steampunk-flavoured fantasy series is set in an alternate 19th century New York, populated by Demon Hunters who roam the streets on the prowl for Dimensionals who have illegally entered their portal. Ehrich Weisz is a teenager desperate to rescue his brother, Dash, who has been possessed by Kifo, a nasty inter-dimensional assassin. Weisz and his friends learn that trapped souls are held hostage inside an ancient medallion, called the Infinity Coil, and only Kifo has the power to release them. In this action-packed adventure, magic and illusion are both central themes. The colourful cast of characters include many shape-shifters and alien-like creatures with two sets of arms and walrus tusks. Throughout the novel disguises are donned and discarded, and alliances are forged and broken. Ehrich even performs as Harry Houdini, “Master of Manacles, The Handcuff King” to lure Kifo to his next mark, who just so happens to be Thomas Edison, commissioner of the Demon Watch. Science, invention and technology also play key roles in the escapades, with an airship hovering over the Hudson River, and an account of moving picture cinematography. The action scenes are explosive with telatron rifles and metal claw fingers that shoot poisoned darts. Readers who like plot twists and turns that come in rapid fire procession will find much to enjoy in this thrilling series. A third book, Metamorphosis will be released in 2016.
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
ISBN 13: 978-1-55455-345-7
Linda Ludke is a librarian at London Public Library. Her reviews have appeared in Quill and Quire, School Library Journal and CM: Canadian Review of Materials. When she’s not reading and writing she also loves searching for vintage treasures.
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