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Terror stalks the sinister, fogbound streets of Victorian London. Anna Lawrence has always had the power to “see” the true nature of people, an ability which has frightened others and led to her persecution.
However, aged fourteen, Anna discovers three things which will change her life forever: that there are others who share her ability; that evil exists in this world in a form far purer than she could ever have imagined; and that she is in love.
Agents of darkness beyond comprehension are abroad in the world, London lies gripped by fear as a demonic beast stalks the night, and Anna learns the nature of absolute evil – an evil which it is her fate to stand against.
Awakening is not an ordinary book. It is the beginning
of a journey both inspiring and terrifying, touching the deepest
secrets of this world and the essence of what it means to be
human. The true, unseen nature of the struggle between good and
evil which has underpinned all of human history will be revealed
through Anna’s story, and the state and ultimate destiny of our
own world today will be affected by its outcome. Awakening is
where that story begins…
|C J Hansen|
What they say...
for young and grown-ups alike. By
is a mystery adventure novel that will capture the imagination
of young and old alike. Set in Victorian London, the plot
follows the adventures of Anna, a 14 year old girl with a
special gift of seeing beyond the physical appearance of people
and into their inner, most hidden essence. Because of her gift,
she becomes involved in a series of events that link her to much
darker, more dangerous powers which threaten the very existence
of the world as we know it.
A great read
Avid_Reader "Carrie" (London)
I got into
this book gradually, eventually becoming totally engrossed, not
wanting to put it down, or for the story to end. This is quite
fortunate as it seems ideal for a follow up so that we can find
out what happens next to characters l became quite involved
Hansen, can we have some more? By
an astonishing debut novel and I was truly taken aback by the
enormity and richness of the cinematic world CJ Hansen has
created. Grittier than Narnia, more down to earth than Hogwarts,
more accessible than Dickens I foresee this tale of good versus
evil with a sensitive yet strong young London girl as the
protagonist becoming a modern classic.
A great read - thoroughly
By Mack 80
This is a
refreshingly well written book which will most probably be the
first in a series of books....I certainly hope so. The author's
description of people, places and events is exquisite and this
creates a wonderfully vivid texture to the story as the forces
of good and bad square up in old London. Central to the story is
a young girl called Anna who discovers that rather than being a
misfit for her ability to see what others can't see, actually
holds an unusual and special gift.
An exciting and original novel
reading Awakening when the 200th anniversary of the birth of
Charles Dickens was all in the news, and this new novel, set as
it is in Victorian London, very much puts you in mind of
fogbound Dickensian London. However, the author demonstrates a
clever lightness of touch with regard to the historical setting;
and the main character, Anna, displays modern day sensibilities
which will resonate with a young, contemporary readership.
A great teen read
The story has a really great premise - the setting and society of Victorian London suits the mysterious nature of the unfolding plot, and creates the right atmosphere of danger enough to make you really care about the heroine. The fact that Anna is already aware of her power and has a basic understanding of it from the beginning of the novel is excellent in getting really into the action and the storyline right from the start, and her outsider status and internal thoughts and feelings make her instantly likeable and relatable. This one definitely reads as a series, you are left wanting more from the characters and wondering how Anna will grow and change! A great teen read.
Great read - give it a try
I absolutely loved this book and could not put it down. The author has a great imagination, delivering a well thought out, convincing story line. The characters have depth and originality allowing the reader to have complete empathy. Tension and pace is built expertly throughout the book making it a real page turner. Don't be put off by the horror classification, C J Hansen could be the next J K Rowling. Can't wait for the next book !!! Hurry up please!!!
By Simon Glass
to say is that I enjoyed the book immensely. I like to be able
to immerse myself in the books that I read and Awakening
provided that critical depth so that I could really feel
involved in the narrative. The central concept of the Alpha and
Omega worlds and the manner in which they exert their influences
on the characters of the book was an idea that I found
intriguing and challenging in equal measure: I found myself
thinking about what my essence might actually look like to
someone who could see it.
Surely one of a series!!? By Butler
Awakening is a great story, with a fantastic set of characters that had me gripped from the very start. The author puts a fantastic amount of effort into really making you feel each scene and character, painting a very visual image before plunging you into a twisting tale of evil and hope. This makes for a read that leaves you unable to put the book down. I'm just looking forward to the second instalment...?
Can't wait for the next book By Kano
I am constantly reading and this book was recommended to me. I thoroughly enjoyed it and read it in huge hungry chunks. The main thread of the story is compelling in itself but the real excitement comes with the knowledge that there is clearly more to come. The ending leaves you wanting more. I got more and more heartbroken the nearer I got to the end. A great read - I am recommending it to my wife, my mother in law, my teenage nephew and all of his friends. This series should be huge - it deserves to be huge. The parallels drawn with Harry Potter are true to an extent, but I would argue that the quality of the writing and the maturity of the storyline is more aligned to the latter 3 Potter books than the first few. I loved it - and I am hard to please by novels, let alone first novels. Excellent.
Awakening is brilliant! By Succeed Training
book! This could be the new (female) Harry Potter. Many thanks
to the author.
A thrilling adventure through dark Victorian London By Tara Sanders
had me gripped from the first page.
A hugely entertaining and exciting read. This could be the start of something big. By The Shadow
completely gripped by this story. It clearly seems to be
intended as the beginning of a series, and I think this could
just be the beginning of something huge.