“The day Alice met the twins her life changed for ever. Not like the day she cut her hair off and hated it. Or the even the day her father told her she had to spend six months in Australia. No, this was a big change, a huge change – almost, you could say, an impossible one. Because it was the day she got mixed up in Middengard. The day she stepped into the prophecy. Not that she knew that. Not then.”
Fifteen year-old Alice Morgan is sent to live with her rich relatives in Melbourne, but she feels very out of place and is homesick. She wishes that she could return to England to find out more about her mother’s disappearance years ago.
Alice goes for a walk and is drawn to Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance, where she finds herself passing through the Heim Gate, which deposits her into Middengard. This is a realm hidden from the world of men and peopled by an ancient warrior race known as the Hilderinc. If things weren’t bad enough already, Alice discovers that her cousin Toby and her annoying friend Jess have followed her, putting their own lives in jeopardy as humans are forbidden to enter this realm.
She meets Stanor, the Gate Warden, and his warrior daughters, who are trying to get them to the safety of Skellstor. Alice learns to her astonishment that the pendant left to her by her mother is one of the Doom Stones. It is a powerful stones that is needed to protect both Middengard and the world of men from destructive forces.
Soon Alice, Toby and Jess become embroiled in a battle to help the Hilderinc defeat one of their own, a rebel intent on upsetting the balance of power.
Without giving too much away, this is a very interesting story. I really enjoyed the book and I look forward to reading the sequel.
The chapters swap between events past and present in both England and Australia. It’s well written and helps to bring to light what took place during her parents’ disappearances in different parts of the story. It is interesting to note that the folk lore relating to the Hilderinc is of Norse origin.
The plot is complex and the characters, though frustrating at times, are relatable and well developed.
Any reader who enjoys the likes of Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia or similar will enjoy this book.
This book by June Wilson earns a well-deserved