Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Tide of Terror Audio

Tide of Terror Audio

Justin Somper
For ages 12 and up
Unabridged audiobook (CD)
Performed/read by: Daniel Philpott
Recorded Books, 2006   ISBN: 978-1428147690

Connor and Grace Tempest have been through a lot since their father died. After a storm at sea caused them to be separated for some time, they are now back together. Connor, at least, is quite content with his lot. He is a full-fledged pirate on the Diablo, he has good friends, and his sister is safe and sound. However, Grace is not happy. Though she is delighted to be reunited with her brother, she misses her friends on the vampirate ship. The fact that these friends survive by drinking people’s blood does not worry Grace.

Grace is further upset when one of Connor’s friends is killed during a raid. Connor could so easily fare the same fate. She is therefore delighted when the opportunity arises for the twins to visit the Pirate Academy. Perhaps Connor will agree to join the Academy,  and if he does he will be safe, at least for a while.

Connor thoroughly enjoys the academy and he seriously starts to think about his future. Would it be better for him to stay at the Academy, or should he return to the Diablo? Meanwhile Grace starts to have some very strange experiences. She takes spirit journeys to the vampirate ship, and she discovers that things are not going well for her friends there. If only she could find a way to get back to the ship. If only there was a way to explain to Connor why she needs to do what is right for her.

In this second vampirate title, listeners will enjoy adventures on the high seas. Connor and Grace learn that their world is a lot more complicated than they thought. They struggle to find out where they belong, and they are forced to make some difficult decisions.

Listeners who enjoyed the first book in this series are sure to be delighted with this sequel. Daniel Philpott’s narrative is riveting, and listeners will soon find themselves getting thoroughly engrossed in the story.