Reviewed by Vicky Garlick
Seventh Child focuses on a young teenage girl called September, who has spent a lot of her teenage years being bullied because of her name, her white hair and her appearance. But then September finds a strange stone which transports her to another world and throws her into a battle between good and evil.
The new land she’s arrived on, known as Gwlad, hosts a people who use the power of the metals against the evil, known as the Malevolence and its manifestations, which are formed from the elements. It’s up to September to help the people defeat the Malevolence but with an unknown evil known as Malice emerging, it may be harder than they thought.
Seventh Child was fast paced, with plenty of excitement and drama entwined amongst the pages. I read the ebook version and unfortunately there were a few formatting issues. A number of chapter headings were missing, meaning you didn’t know when chapters finished or began. There were also several sentences that finished halfway and their ending was further down the page, which did get a little confusing.
I liked the character of September I thought Ellis had captured the personality of an insecure teenage girl brilliantly and it was lovely to see her develop and grow through the book. She begins as an insecure, shy teenager and by the end is full of confidence. I also loved all of the Welsh inspired names that were associated with Gwlad as I thought they added another layer to the fantasy world. Some of them were a little tricky to get round but it didn’t detract from the story.
There was plenty of action throughout the book, which helped it to flow and urged the reader to keep going. The supporting characters were well written and contributed well to the story as a whole. The mystery surrounding Malice was well done and kept the reader drawn in and interested. I would have perhaps liked a little more on Malice, but I’m guessing that will come in the next book, The Power of Seven.
I thought the description and imagery were well done, Ellis created a brilliant fantasy world and I’m curious as to what will happen in the next book. The only thing I was a little disappointed with was the ending, which seemed a bit abrupt and more like a chapter ending. I was expecting a big climax, perhaps something more like a cliff-hanger. But there was still enough excitement and mystery throughout to keep the reader wanting to know what happens next.