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Deeplight

By: Frances Hardinge
Narrated by: Joshua Akehurst
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Summary

The gods were as real as the coastlines and currents, and as merciless as the winds and whirlpools.  

For centuries the gods of the Undersea ruled the islands of the Myriad through awe and terror: they were very real, and very dangerous. Sacrifices were hurled into the waters to appease them, and every boat was painted with pleading eyes to entreat their mercy. They were served, feared and adored. 

Then, 30 years ago, the gods rose up in madness and tore each other apart.  

Now, none remain. 

The islands have recovered and the people have patched their battered ships and moved on.  

On one of these islands live Hark and his best friend Jelt. To them, the gods are nothing but a collection of valuable scraps to be scavenged from the ocean and sold. 

But now something is pulsing beneath the waves, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it.

©2019 Frances Hardinge (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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"One of our finest story tellers," (Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent

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great book, definitely for older kids

Amazing story that creates a perfectly formed world in your head. The characters are believable and nuanced. My son is 11 and was fascinated, but he was surprised it was a children's story as some bits are fantastically scary!

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Best of Middle Grade Fantasy

Delve into the under sea and read one of the best Middle Grade fantasy books ever written.

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A wonderful and alarming undersea adventure.

This whole audiobook was utterly mesmerising. I was entranced throughout. I would love to hear more. Go listen to this, you won’t be disappointed!

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  • 31-03-21

Lovely Fantasy

I really loved this book.
It started off strong but waned a little bit in the middle making it a bit hard to get through but the underlying message of the human spirit was really good. The Jelt character is really hard to deal with though. Overall the story is gripping, fun, and well paced.

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  • 24-12-20

Its alright

I had high expectations, the story was dull and did not suit my taste, the relationship between Jelt and Hark was the most disappointing one, the direction that it went and how it ended felt emotionless and lacking.