I actually checked out this book on a whim. I have been putting off reading it because the cover is kind of creepy(to me) but I was sick and I was like, Oh whatever I’m gonna read it anyways. So I read it. And it was surprisingly GOOD! This is by Eoin Colfer (man, I hope I spelled that right :))and from what I know he has written some other books as well, including the Artemis Fowl series. This book is about a boy and he is wrongly accused of being a traitor to the small island, off the coast of Ireland, and sent to the inhumane diamond mine. In a nutshell. It’s a little confusing, but I was reading kind of fast because I wanted to know what happened next, so it may be me.
Here’s an excerpt.
Billtoe lay on his back, wheezing and gasping, when suddenly the clouds parted, letting a silver guinea moon shine through. When Billtoe recovered his wind, his lips spread in a plug-stained smile, because finally, after so many years, he could make out the man in the moon that everyone prattled on about. Must have been the angle, because before this moment, he had never been able to see anything but smudges. I can see the face now, for the first time. And I get to cut out a prisoner’s tongue. Happy day. Then, through the gap in the clouds, came some kind of figure. A man with wings. Flying. This kind of event was so strange, so impossible, that Billtoe was not even surprised initially. A man with the wings of a bird, An angel in black.
Anyways, this book is deliciously good, and sort of scary.