This has the air of an old-fashioned adventure … an entertaining read.
A memorable ghost story…lovers of atmospheric chills will embrace this tasteful bit of haunting.
The Phantom Isles is creative and visually appealing, with stories within stories and images of arora watermarked on its pages. Told from several points of view, including the spirits trapped within the pages of obscure texts, The Phantom Isles succeeds as an entertaining, informative and engaging novel.
It’s the fun kind of scary book that is a great story for anyone. It also seems like just the kind of book that parents could read to their kids.
The Phantom Isles by Stephen Alter has what it takes to become a children’s classic, imbued with the type of found in other great children’s literature like the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, or the books of Roald Dahl, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and The Fantastic Mister Fox.
This unique story is sure to catch the attention of even the most skeptical and dismissive of readers … Completely engrossing and thoroughly satisfying right to the very last page.