After their adventurer parents are killed on an expedition, four children–brother and sister pairs Conner and Joss and Mitch and Becca–are sent to live in a mysterious old house with their godparents, the Macombers. In the New Brighton Woods surrounding the house, they discover a magical world of beings they had only heard of in folklore. But a deadly enemy, Galomar, is on the move, looking for a hidden library that holds many secrets. The children must begin a battle between good and evil that will hopefully protect those secrets, while also avenging their parents’ deaths.
Smith and Weldon have a good idea for a plot, but they don’t completely realize it. At times the writing is too subtle and at other times the dialog almost takes over, both of which cause the plot to be rather sluggish for an adventure story. The characters are only beginning to be developed in this first volume, so we don’t really get a sense of who the children are….