Leaving Styxworth by Danny Beattie

Leaving Styxworth by Danny Beattie

The second part of the Styxworth saga sees Peter and Bex embark on an epic quest to rescue his father from the clutches of the Corruption.

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.

Leaving Styxworth is the follow-up story to Danny Beattie’s Welcome to Styxworth. Having enjoyed the first book I was keen to see how the author was going to carry on the story, develop the core characters, all without the concept becoming stale.

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The feel in this second book is very different, the transition from the discovery of Styxworth – a kind of limbo between the worlds of the living and the dead to a place where our key character, Pete, is fully aware of its existence, even though he resides in the land of the living. This awareness permeates his day to day life in a way that is somewhat poignant. Loss is an emotion that cuts through things in Pete’s everyday life, as does a curiosity to see his friend Bex back in Styxworth.

Bettie creates a carefully crafted story bringing a good reason for Pete to return to Styxworth. The story focuses on the concept of Dante’s classic, Inferno which is something I have always had an interest in. It is a loose connection to the classic work, building solidly on the concept creating a sense of foreboding as Pete and Bex descend through this version of hell.

My rating:
goodread

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Welcome to Styxworth by Danny Beattie

Welcome to Styxworth by Danny Beattie

A family friendly adventure set in the mysterious village of Styxworth. Can Peter Thwaites solve the mystery and summon the power to defeat the threat to the quiet village.

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.

When I spoke with the author about Welcome to Styxworth, I was intrigued by the topline description. But the book is much more than these two lines of description. It follows the childhood account of Peter and his family as they head out on a summer holiday. The family stop off in a small village called Styxworth where they take an ice-cream break.
29861953The car breaks down and the family find themselves stranded in the village. Things become more and more mysterious however throughout their stay, as they discover Styxworth isn’t an average, English village. It’s a place between the plane of the living and dead, a place where those who are on the cusp of death go to wait their turn to cross the river.

This in its own right added a level of intrigue. I really liked the different view on life and death that this book presents. The way the lives of those in Styxworth changes upon realising their status, their decisions and how the approach “life” is almost a lesson on how we should all look at life.

There is a darker, more menacing element to Welcome to Styxworth, that threatens the balance of what passes for life here. While it casts a shadow over things, it works nicely with the overarching story. I found this a warm, pleasant tale and I look forward to reading the second book in this mini-series.

My rating
goodread