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Book Review: Ferryman by Claire McFall

Book Review: Ferryman by Claire McFall

Dylan wakes up on the train she had been travelling on to visit her dad, only to discover it has crashed... and she is the only one left. As she leaves the wreckage behind her she meets Tristan, a boy her own age, who seems to be the only other survivor from the train crash. He tells her he can lead her to safety so they set off together across the wasteland. 

 I very quickly fell in love with Claire McFall's Ferryman, which was surprising since I wasn't overly impressed with the first book I read of hers "Bombmaker." I did read somewhere though that readers preferred this one so I gave it a go and I am so glad I did.  

It's a beautiful story, which sinks you deeper and deeper into the characters, the world and the suspense. Dylan and Tristan are the to main characters and I found them equally real with a depth to them that had me hooked. It is a love story, very Romeo-and-Juliet-esque in its premise but set in a sort of modern mythological backdrop. Anyone who has studied Greek mythology or the Classics (Ha! - I attempted Classics at As level and got the only E and D grade I've had in my life!) you will know that the ferryman is a mythical character in Greek mythology whose task it was to ferry dead people across the lake of Hades into the Hades itself. McFalls book is a clever twist and turn to that old legend but set in the modern day with a completely new and oddly romantic swing to it.

This was one of those rare books that had me reading for hours at a time, deciding it was late and I needed to sleep, getting into bed, turning off the light and after a few minutes reaching for my paperwhite to just see what happens next. That is always a sign that a book is good, when you can't put it down, even when your eyelids are drooping and you know you'll be a grumpy mess in the morning. 

I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Sci-Fi or Fantasy and Young Adult/Sweet Romance. If you like books about mythology, death, love and demons then this is the book for you!

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