Voices in the Dark (Last Descendants)
by Catherine Banner
Corgi Childrens Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780552556613
Date: 04 March 2010 List Price £6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Catherine Banner's début novel Eyes of A King somehow passed us by here at SFRevu, but I'm glad to have got my hands on the sequel, Voices in the Dark, for Banner is clearly a prodigious talent and a name to watch. The Press release reveals that she "...began writing The Eyes of a King when she was fourteen, after school and on summer holidays. In 2006 her portrait was displayed in the Exceptional Youth Exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, which showcased talented and inspiring young Britons. Catherine was also featured in the Observer's 2008 'Cool List'. She is currently in her first year at Cambridge University, studying English."
"Anselm Andros has always thought he had a normal life - confidante to his mother, Maria, confessor to his stepfather, Leo, a man haunted by the secrets of his past, and support to his sister Jasmine. But when the political landscape of Malonia starts to shift, this unassuming family begin to unravel. Even though they have spent the past fifteen years leading a quiet life, Maria and Leo's actions are forever linked to the turbulent history of Malonia and its parallel world, modern-day England. The voices from the past still echo in the present and Anselm must pull all the pieces together - whatever the cost."