Beneath is one of 4 titles launching Floris Books new imprint Teen Kelpies. Gill Arbuthnott has written a number of fantasy novels and delightful picture books for younger readers and she now turns effortlessly to this series for older teens.
Set in a pre technology world, the heroine Jess uncovers the story of the kelpies, a race who live in another world and who have sworn to protect human beings from predatory wolves. In return for this protection, the kelpies are allowed to ‘steal’ a human child to help boost their dwindling numbers, but the members of the human race have forgotten this bargain.
Jess crosses between the two worlds to rescue her stolen friend Freya and falls in love with Finn, one of the kelpies. But she has to decide whether she can make a future with Finn or with Magnus, whom she has Â known all her life.
In this book we find teenagers without mobile phones and ipads but who have essentially the same choices to make between what is expected of them and what their hearts tell them.Â Bringing together elements of Scottish history, danger and romance, Beneath is thoughtfully written, moves at a satisfactory pace and will be enjoyed by anyone who likes a good story.