A missed opportunity.
Five children from Shipley find a crystal that transports them to a mysterious hallway of magical treasures and doorways to other worlds. All five enter the dark world of Osiris plagued by sirens, beasts and Dark Lords - only four return. Each child receives special powers through the magic of the crystal - the Eye of Osiris - and the group is challenged to befriend a mystical people known as the Daraan and help them in a war against the Damned. The Shipley Five enlist help from the Ithfirians, the Lemothinians and the Eli.
Eye of Osiris is a contemporary fantasy told in the third person narrative. Much of the book's content is reminiscent of CS Lewis's Narnia Chronicles and author AB Shires has no issues with acknowledging his influences:
"Where do you think we are?" asked Lisa looking at the huge stone hallway before them.
"Narnia... we're in Narnia" exclaimed Muneeb with excitement.
Eye Of Osiris: The Crystal and the Hallway
There are a lot of admirable qualities to be found in this book and the UK book market will surely be a better place with more novels that feature such a healthy mixture of British and British Asian lead characters. The main downfall of the book is, in my opinion, that it is too "wordy". At four-hundred pages in length it is more the double the size of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and as such will prove too much of a task for many older children and young adults. I felt that the story could have been told in half the number of words by simplifying the narrative, mainly in the area of the dialogue, as I found that often there are just too many characters talking in any given conversation.
The plot itself is rather formulaic - fight, visit new location, fight, meet new characters, fight, visit new location etc... and the heavy narrative prevented any kind of flow. This unfortunately does not allow the reader to lose themselves within the pages as is compulsory for a fantasy novel. There are some neat touches within though - the magical food tree is a delight.
I felt that Eye Of Osiris does not know whether it is aiming at children or adults and as a result falls somewhere in between. It lacks that certain charm and magical quality that the best children's fantasy books possess and is without the gritty realism that is now found within the adult fantasy books.
Review by Floresiensis
4 positive reader review(s) for Eye Of Osiris
Aroosa from Bradford
Well, I thought that it has got to be one of the best books I have ever read!!- without a doubt. It is based locally and is a terrific read. I am glad to have been able to read it in class and even recommended to my friends. it was quite imaginative and very adventurous. Just looking forward to reading the sequel.
Sarah from London
Fantastic Book, why have you given it a rating of only 5.0/10? :/ ? Definitely in the 8/9s for me, loved it. I'll be looking forward to the sequel.
John from Leeds
It was a good book, definitley a good read. Written well, very entertaining. I have to say I enjoyed it, but it left me wanting to read the next one in the series. How come I haven't seen this guy, the author AB Shires, in the other forums/anywhere actually? He needs to get out there, it bugs me I may be one of the small few who have enjoyed this story and I have no one to talk to about it! Anyway, looking forward to the next one. Recommended; A+.
Anonymous from UK
Really good book. Enjoyed the adventure part of the book.
8.4/10 from 5 reviews