Author: Royce Bond
Publisher: Morris Publishing Australia
Andy Weatherby, is an ordinary Queensland school boy, or he was yesterday. He’s being bullied at school, he loves his computer classes and isn’t much at P E. But this morning he woke with a fright at the sight of a huge eagle perched on his windowsill. Then he was amazed to see the eagle attacking a swordsman, who is fighting him off. A white snake slipped from the man’s chest and slithered towards Andy’s home. Then the eagle left the swordsman and pounced on the snake. The swordsman disappeared while the snake is being devoured. Even crazier, when he goes for a shower he finds he’s grown a beard. Not only was he different, but so was his house. What was happening?
Would school be the same? The technology building was his sanctuary, his escape to friends on line, but like the first school bus he’d seen on the way, it was different. The technology building was now an art complex. Thackery the PE teacher was just the same, he still hated Andy, and happily singled him out for physical torture. Then there was a new teacher, Mr Lin Chow from China, a Kung Fu master come to teach martial arts. Why had he insisted Andy demonstrate the martial art? How did he evade and even attack the fully trained teacher?
He had to get some answers and Lin was the key. Before he could reach the new teacher he was cornered by Gavin Buckmeister and his gang. Andy was amazed at how he fought off his former tormentors. When the day couldn’t get worse, he went home searching for somewhere normal. He met up with Lin again and his whole world was turned upside down. His house set on fire and he and the teacher were running for their lives, but, from what?
This is Book Two of The Chronicles of The Knights of Katesch. I feared when receiving it that I would be wishing I’d read the first book before delving into the tale. Royce Bond has presented a whole book not reliant on the original, yet clearly complimentary to the Knights journey. The Prologue is a brief background of the Knights of Katesch and their battle across all the dimensions of the known universe against the wizard Maligor. I really enjoyed this book and now must read the first, and I eagerly anticipate the next in the series.