Argus Steps In

Description

170 pages
Contains Maps
$5.95
ISBN 0-88753-216-0
DDC jC843'.54

Publisher

Year

1990

Contributor

Translated by Ray Chamberlain
Reviewed by Susan Perks

Susan Perks, formerly a teacher and librarian, is a travel agent in
Thompson, Manitoba.

Review

Equipped with the advanced technology of a future world, Marc Alix
returns to earth, to a medieval Scottish fortress where only he can keep
important scientific knowledge from being used against humankind. In
alternate chapters, we explore this same castle with Cynthia and her
friend Francis, as they try to discover what secret her grandfather is
holding back from her. As the book progresses, the reader realizes that
these two stories are connected. Excitement abounds as clues are put
together, and as Cynthia and Francis finally meet Marc.

In this book, Sernine continues his chronicle of Erymeans, begun in
Those Who Watch Over the Earth. He gives an interesting view of Earth:
“For Marc, this was Earth: a planet conquered and occupied by
irresponsible people.”

I found the book fast-paced and exciting, and I couldn’t put it down
until I had finished it. It is skillfully written and the illustrations
and maps of the castle are precise and informative. A small glossary is
included.

Junior-high readers will enjoy this highly recommended book.

Citation

Sernine, Daniel., “Argus Steps In,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 23, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/24299.