'' So, his mother was a troublemaker and his father was one of the youngest Vilmhied of all time? ''
Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that's what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn't exactly normal ...
Loved the Harry Potter - series? You're going to love this one, too. And just to say it here, in the beginning, that even though there are many similarities between Potters and Ewan Pendle, they are not the same, nor does the latter copy the first.
The story begins with an eleven-year-old Ewan when his current foster parents send him out to the next family. What they don't know that there is no other family, but the Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum waiting for him on the train. Ewan finds himself near London inside a school where everyone can see the monsters. He is weird, but everything around is. Thrust into the everyday life of a Firedrake cadet he struggles to keep up, and it the threat of a mysterious White Wraith looming outside the Lyceum's walls does not help him to concentrate.Let me just say, that this was awesome on so many levels. Not just the basic plot line, but the other layers too. There is the mystery, truths to be revealed, not forgetting the whole world of Lenitnes.
You know when some books just overwhelm you with a number of characters introduced in a short period of time? Thankfully, it didn't happen with this one. Even though there are a lot of characters in the book, they were introduced slowly, almost on at a time, so you actually remember all of them, not just a few. You can clearly see from the beginning, with most, that which characters are really important to the plot and which are not.
We've got the trio! Like in almost every book, there is a duo or a trio of friends, who are the main focus of the book. Naturally, we've got Ewan, and then we have Mathilde. Mathilde is a bit misleading in the beginning of the book, but it's explained a bit later. And there is a good reason for it. The third of our trio is Enid, an outcast in the Lyceum since she and her family are what the other Lenitnes call Pirates. Enid is brought to the picture a bit later in the book.
All in all, Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith is a great read! Just the right amount of humour and twists. And even though it is almost five hundred pages, it feels light to read, not a huge mountain to climb. I don't know what else to say, except that I really, really hope we get to see more of Ewan Pendle in the future!