- Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 22mm | 240g
- Publication date: 1 August 2005
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1844286193
- ISBN 13: 9781844286195
- Sales rank: 16,518
A sinister story of the supernatural; first of five in a thrilling new series by this number-one best-selling author. Matt has always known he has unusual powers. Raised in foster care, he is sent to Yorkshire on a rehabilitation programme, only to find himself in the midst of sinister goings-on. Matt investigates and uncovers a terrible secret - eight guardians are protecting the world from the evil ones, beings banished long ago by five children. But devil worshippers want to let the evil ones back in. As the story reaches its climax, it looks like Matt has succeeded in stopping them...or has he? Major marketing campaign with 6-sheet advertising to launch this gripping new series. Guaranteed publicity coverage - including radio and TV interviews.
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Anthony Horowitz is a popular and prolific children's writer. He has won numerous prizes for the Alex Rider series, including the Red House Children's Book Award for "Skeleton Key". He also writes extensively for TV including "Foyle's War" and "Midsomer Murders.". He lives in north London.
By Maryam H 27 Jun 2013
This is one of the first books I read when I started to read constantly. I've always had a soft spot for this series, similar to Harry Potter, because I kind of grew up reading it. Since I haven't read it since starting the blog, and the fact that the last book in the series, Oblivion, just came out, I thought it would be good to do a series spotlight on it.
I remember reading this when I was about eleven years old and being seriously creeped out. It brought back memories of that feeling reading it this time round too. This book definitely has elements of a classic horror story to it. The character gets lost in the woods, gets chased by demonic dogs and is living in a village of seriously crazy people. It definitely has the basics of a great creepy read and I thought it still managed it with me reading it eight years later.
I still really enjoyed Horowitz's writing. It has this simple structure to it that makes you breeze through the book in no time. It's also got bucket loads of suspense and that creepy factor that sends a shiver down your spine. It's simple and effective.
Raven's Gate's plot is great but you can definitely tell it's the beginning of a series. It mostly feels like an introduction into Matt and Richard's new world and an introduction into the series' plot as a whole. Two of the main characters are introduced and you can tell that a lot more are going to be included along the way. It doesn't really take anything away from the main plot of the first book but it has a certain kind of charm in itself. You feel that you're at the start of a great journey if you want me to be cheesy about it. However, if it was a stand alone, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it as much - I have a load of questions I need answering.
" "Horowitz is the latest children's author to enjoy sales that, until the last few years, were rare in this genre." The Guardian"