Book Review; The History Keepers: Nightship to China by Damian Dibben
10 June, 2014
Title: Nightship to China (The History Keepers #3) Author: Damian Dibben Publisher: Random House Children’s Published: May 8th 2014 Pages: 400 Format: Paperback Source:: Netgalley Review Copy Add It:Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD
Summary: The History Keepers embark on their third adventure, and this is the most explosive one yet! The time-travelling agents voyage from Shakespeare’s England to Imperial China in pursuit of their most villainous foe yet, Xiang Xi, whose aim is to decimate the population and destroy the world’s trade links.
Jake, Nathan and Topaz must join forces with international agents in order to prevent mayhem on a global scale. And at the heart of the battle lies the key to a long-lost family member – will Jake find his brother after all this time?
The past is in danger – only Jake Djones can save it!
As soon as the second history keepers story came to a close, I was dying to get my hands on the next book in the series. While these books aren’t great works of literary fiction, they are fun, entertaining and educational and are therefore quite enjoyable reads. Damian Dibben has created a set of stories that pull you in and keep you going, and quite simply continue to make you want more. So, when I finally got my hands on the third book and enjoyed it just as much as the first two in the series, I was very much relieved. And guess who is now craving the fourth book? These books definitely have an addictive side to them, and Damian certainly knows how to keep the reader on their toes!
Jake is back again with another mission to save the world from the clutches of an evil villain. This time he is sent back to Jacobean England. But when things don’t go quite according to plan, they set sail for China during the same time perios. This time they’ll get it right, because this trail may lead them to Jake’s missing brother. Once again Damian has shown that he can write a truly exciting, fast-paced, emotional novel. Nightship to China has an interesting plot and it is hard to put this book down as the adventures continue to spike. Add in the subplots between the characters and you have a book that is really enjoyable and fun.
By now we know who Jake, Topaz, Nathan, and Charlie are and what they’re like and yet Damian still managed to bring new dimensions to these characters. Jake goes through a lot in this book and you can see how much he grows because of it which I thought was great. There is also the chance to see a new side of Nathan, helping him to feel more realistic while still bringing comedic value to the book. Topaz is shown in a very different light in this book, but I have to admit, I still love her! Finally Charlie realises a few things about life too. But there is also Yoyo, the new History Keeper of the book. I disliked her at first but soon found her growing on me. All the characters and their relationships with each other make this book so much better.
This adventurous story is full of action, danger, and heart-stopping moments, all of which are made to feel very realisti due to the brilliant writing style. If anything it is clear to see that Damian is getting better as the series progresses and he learns that much more about his characters. I found the book very hard to put down and once more got very attached to the characters making this a very tense and emotional read for me. This book also once again captured me in a way that historical fiction rarely does and I quickly found myself intrigued with the historical setting of it all, which I just think is one of the best things about these books. But on top of all of that, what Damian is good at is cliff hangers and this book definitely has one of those! It is an ending that will grip your heart and have you begging for more!
To Risk Everthing
This third book in The History Keepers series is just as entertaining as the first two. It is full of amazing, well-developed characters that will ultimately pull at your heart-strings. It has a healthy dose of drama, interesting relationships, and is chock-a-block with action, suspense, and fast-paced scenes that will take your breath away. Add in a great plot, emotional rollarcoasters, and an atmosphere of fun and I’m sure you’ll realise why I love this book so much. So, if you’ve read the first two books in this series, you should definitely get to reading this one so you don’t miss out! And if you haven’t yet started the series, I would also highly recommend that you get to doing that! Furthermore, I should also note that I feel this book is one that can be read without the first two but I’m one of those people that has to read a series in order regardless!
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **