Beneath, book review

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  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. 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.

Beneath is available in paperback and kindle edition from Amazon

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Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.

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