This book is about a boy named Sam who starts noticing weird things going on in his home town. First he gets a substitute teacher who tells the kids that she turned their old teacher into a lizard. Then he notices a dwarf that keeps telling him that he is not safe. Next he notices that a new student at his school is always in vision of Sam watching to make sure he is safe. Then the dwarf claims that Sam is from the magical realm of Orkney and that he is being hunted. Soon after the dwarf warns Sam his hunter finds him and he must escape along with his friends. Sam then makes it to Orkney. In Orkney there is a curse threatening the kill everybody and everything in all of orkney, and the 9th realm (Earth), and that everyone thinks that he is the only person that can stop it. As the plot thickens Sam finds himself having to make drastic decisions involving his friends, family, and everyone in existence.
I thought the character development in this book was excellent. You really felt like you were one with the characters. I also thought that the theme of this book is really quite excellent. So after you finish the book I highly recommend thinking about the overall theme and the message it gives. I don't want to say what I thought the theme is for two reasons. One, it reveals a little about the ending and two, I don't want to influence your thoughts on the theme.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. I learned a little about Norse mythology through this book, so if you don't know anything about Norse mythology and are interested about learning some, read this book. I received this book through Book Sparks for their youth summer reading challenge.