Review: The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read and Laura Trinder
A mysterious letter arrives at Emily’s house, and then her parents disappear. When a terrifying stranger turns up at her door, Emily goes in search of answers and finds the Midnight Hour – a Victorian London frozen in time which is home to all people magical.
What secrets have her parents kept about their connection to the Midnight Hour? With two worlds in danger, Emily will have to hurry if she is to save the day.
A fantasy adventure about a magical world threatened by a big bad antagonist. This story begins like many others. Emily believes she is an ordinary child until she discovers her parents have a connection to a hidden world. Personally, I don’t think these stories ever get old. Every new world and every set of characters bring their own unique magic to a tried and tested plot.
Like many other reviewers, I was spellbound by the worldbuilding and the backstory of the world. As science and reason became more prevalent in the 1800s, the magical community found itself under threat and needed shelter. Scientists and magicians worked together to build the Midnight Hour. This is why Big Ben was really built. I love it when children’s books offer fantastical explanations for ordinary things. This allows the readers to experience that sense of wonder outside the pages of the book. Next time I see Big Ben, I know I will be thinking of this story.
Emily is a feisty character with a reputation for having ‘the family gob’. I love heroines with attitude. Girls are often criticised quicker than boys for speaking out or pushing their own will, which is an imbalance we need to change. Headstrong girls in fiction encourage us to break away from tired ideas about nice girls and daring boys.
An adventure which will keep you awake and reading long after the clock strikes midnight. I look forward to reading more from this creative pair.
Thanks to Laura Smythe PR and Chicken House Books for my proof copy of The Midnight Hour. Opinions my own.