In his desperate search for answers about the Sentinels, an ancient society of demon hunters that his parents belonged to, fifteen-year-old Nicholas Hallow is tipped into a fresh nightmare of terrifying monsters – and even more sinister humans – which threaten to send the world spiralling into chaos. Can Nicholas track down the mysterious girl who holds the key to their fate?
Ruins is the fast paced second instalment in the Sentinel trilogy, and it doesn’t disappoint. Where its predecessor, Sentinel, was slow and focussed on building the world inhabited Nicholas Hallow, Ruins hits the ground running with a mysterious fire and continues to build the excitement with every page. Admittedly, for much of the book the reader is left with little knowledge of why the events unfolding are taking place, but this simply reflects the secrecy of the world of the Sentinels, and gives you s greater insight of Nicholas’ confusion as he learns about his world and trains to be a Sentinel himself.
If there is one thing that lets Ruins down, it’s the amount of description Winning goes into throughout. At times, the detail given on the characters and their surrounding is such that, although it is likely intended to familiarise the reader with the scene or build tension, simply makes the reader lose track of what is actually happening. This slows down the pace at times but, despite this, the story is still a thrilling ride from start to finish.
The amount of mystery surrounding the events in Ruins is just enough to keep the reader interested and wanting to read more without leading to frustration. This, coupled with the character development as Nicholas trains as a Sentinel and we begin to see more of Sam Wilkins, comes together to build a world sure to attract many a reader in the coming months. Readers of Harry Potter and The Mortal Instruments will particularly enjoy reading Ruins, but any lover of fantasy and mystery is sure to love it from start to finish.