The Wizard looks grim. “Something is abroad,” he tells Roderick and his friends, “something horrible. It causes misery, pain and confusion, undermining the good and strengthening the bad… The ‘Creeping Evil’ is upon us, even here in the Mountains of Endor.”
Roderick and Pepin watch spell-bound in the Room of Apparitions as Harriet, Percy’s daughter, is whirled through time and space to join them. With the help of the Ravens of Fardelain they must leave the Wizard’s castle behind to find the mysterious Anoushka, the one remaining ancient being who lives ‘outside time’. Only she knows how to choose the future by pivoting on a Moment of Destiny. Perhaps this will be the key to help defeat the Evil.
But there is no time to waist. The Wizard himself weakens hourly and even as the Weavers’ spell is put in place to protect the castle and all within, a dirty, yellow haze laps at the ramparts.
NZ Book Lovers:
“Roderick and the Creeping Evil is the sequel to Roderick and the Wizard of Endor (2019). It is inspired by both New Zealand’s mountainous southern landscape and fantasies such as The Lord of the Rings and the Narnia Chronicles. It has all the hallmarks of a good fantasy adventure – a long journey, helpful guides, magical visions, the threat of a terrible evil approaching. Written by a New Zealand author, it is definitely worth the read. Primary school children right up to young adults will find excitement within its pages. It can be read without reading the first book, but no doubt fans who engage with the world of the Mountains of Endor will want to check out both.
“Along with plenty of fun and suspense, there are some wonderful animal and human characters. The marmot Roderick and his concern for his friends is particularly endearing. He proves, along with Pepin and Harriet, that you don’t have to be big to do great things.”
Reviewer: Susannah Whaley – See More Here