24 October, 2019

Hallowed Ground: The Mystery of the African Fairy Circles by Paul Twivy - [Book Review]



This magical story is inspired by the most haunting and least explored country in the world - Namibia - with its foggy Skeleton Coast, buried goldmines, shocking secrets and awe-inspiring sand dunes.

Spread across the face of its deserts are hundreds of miles of ‘fairy circles’ : vast enough to be seen from space.  They grow and die with the same lifespan as humans, yet no-one has been able to explain why or how they appear.

Then one day, three teenagers and their families arrive from different parts of the globe. Helped by bushmen, the buried possessions of a Victorian explorer, and a golden leopard, they solve the mystery of the African Circles. What will be discovered beneath the hallowed ground? And how will it change the future of the planet above it?

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My Review :

4 teenagers from different countries and places meet at Augustineum, a boarding school in Namibia and become friends. Fred, Joe, Hannah and Selima are curious, intelligent and brave. They are curious to know about the Fairy circles in South Africa, which are expanded hundreds of miles and are vast enough to be seen from space. 

As part of the school science project, they dig deep into the matter and fortunately their parents' backgrounds help them in the discovery. 

The story is a fiction, but it is written so well that we feel every thing mentioned in the book is true and relevant to today's world. I like how the author has maintained the suspense till the end by simultaneously giving a message about the environment sustainability and the connection of humans to the nature. 

The plot is a big plus. This book also gives us a brief about the African culture, the place, weather, their food habits, their problems etc., I am impressed to read about the places in Namibia like the largest sand dunes, the crates, the caves with drawings etc., The book mentions research facts about fairy circles, the previous findings from scientists which made me read more on this topic. 

The title of the book is apt and the book cover is amazing. I have really enjoyed reading this fiction. The author's writing style is impeccable.The pace of the book is perfect.

My Rating : 5/5

PS: I have received this book from Rachel's Random resources for free in exchange for a review and this is my honest opinion on the book.

Author Bio –

Paul Twivy studied English at Oxford University and became one of the most famous British admen. He has written comedy and drama for the stage and radio.  He edited the bestseller Change the World for a Fiver. He is married with five children. He was inspired to write Hallowed Ground by his first-hand experiences of the extraordinary landscapes and culture of Namibia.



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