Review by Abigaile and Abby
Intended audience: YA
Age of main character: 16
Sixteen-year-old Ethan Roberts has more to worry about than his lackluster grades. As one of the Named, he is charged with secretly protecting history from the Order of Chaos--an evil group that seeks to alter the past to achieve ultimate power in the present. Ethan is given orders to train his first apprentice, 15-year-old Isabel Becket, in a few short weeks as his growing nightmares soon make it apparent that trouble is brewing on a cosmic scale. The two are helped by Arkarain--Ethan's violet-eyed, blue-haired, 600-year-old mentor--and their secret powers. Isabel is a healer. Ethan is a master of illusion. Their stories evolve in rotating chapters, each told in a similar first-person point of view that makes chapter transitions disorienting at times. But The Named is at its strongest when school and parents fade. Its imagined settings are a pleasure, from the booby-trapped catacombs that house the Prophecy that was written before time to the Citadel--a way-station to the past--with its wildly decorated rooms. Ethan and Isabel's missions to Medieval England and colonial America are also a thrill, indicating that the adventures detailed in this book are just the beginning for this duo.
-Ethan and Isabel kiss once, but it’s for cover.
-Ethan and Isabel visit the underworld.
-A lot of people in this book have powers... Some can levitate things Arkarian is a "TruthSeeker", which means he can read minds. Isabel can heal people and herself.
-Ethan's sister, Sera, dies. Which makes his parents go into depression.
-Ethan has nightmares every night about the monster that killed his sister.
-Some of the mortal characters may be disturbing.
Was it any good?
It wasn't the best book ever, but it was good enough for me to read it two times and not care. Some parts were really clever, on how they twisted history into the fantasy. I would say this is more for 12 year olds....
6 of 10
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (April 21, 2005)