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The Sapphire Cross   By: (1831-1909)

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In George Manville Fenn's gripping novel, The Sapphire Cross, readers are transported to a realm of mystery, adventure, and danger. Set in the late 19th century, the story follows the young and courageous protagonist, Percival, as he embarks on a thrilling journey to rescue his kidnapped sister and unravel the secret behind an ancient artifact known as the Sapphire Cross.

Fenn masterfully weaves a tale filled with suspense, vivid descriptions, and well-developed characters that leap off the pages. From the bustling streets of London to the treacherous jungles of South America, the author takes readers on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, not allowing a moment of respite. The pacing of the narrative is perfectly balanced, ensuring that there is never a dull moment in Percival's quest.

One of the novel's strengths lies in Fenn's ability to create a believable and immersive historical backdrop. The attention to detail in describing the customs, clothing, and attitudes of the characters further enhances the authenticity of the story. Additionally, the author's extensive knowledge of the settings and landscapes is apparent, making the locations come alive in the reader's imagination.

While the plot revolves around the rescue mission, Fenn also manages to explore deeper themes such as loyalty, friendship, and the importance of family bonds. Percival's unwavering determination to find his sister and confront the villains showcases his resilience, bravery, and unwavering spirit. The supporting characters he encounters along the way add depth and complexity to the story, each with their own motivations and secrets.

The author's writing style is engaging and descriptive, painting vivid pictures of the surroundings and captivating the reader from the first page to the last. Fenn's attention to detail keeps readers on their toes, as unexpected twists and turns abound. Every chapter ends on a cliffhanger, urging the reader on and ensuring they will be reluctant to put the book down.

However, there are instances where the narrative becomes slightly predictable, and some elements feel overly familiar in the adventure genre. Nonetheless, Fenn's ability to infuse the story with unique characters and an intriguing plotline keeps readers invested and eagerly turning the pages.

In conclusion, The Sapphire Cross is a thrilling and captivating adventure that will leave readers eagerly awaiting their next expedition alongside Percival. George Manville Fenn's skillful storytelling, vivid descriptions, and rich historical context make this novel a must-read for fans of action-packed tales.

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Book 1, Chapter I.


"Oh, how sweet the pines smell, Marion! I declare it's quite bliss to get down here in these wilds, with the free wind blowing the London smoke out of your back hair, and no one to criticise and make remarks. I won't go to the sea side any more: pier and band, and esplanade and promenade; in pink to day and in blue to morrow, and the next day in green; and then a bow here and a `de do' there; and `how's mamma?' and `nice day;' and all the same sickening stuff over again. There! I won't hear fault found with the Fen land ever any more. I don't wonder at that dear old Hereward the Wake loving it. Why, it's beautiful! and I feel free as free as the air itself; and could set off and run and jump and shout like a child?"

"Dangerous work, running and jumping here," said a tall, pale girl, the speaker's companion, as she picked her way from tuft to tuft of heath and rushes, now plucking a spray of white or creamy pink moss, now some silky rush, and at last bending long over a cluster of forget me nots, peering up from the bright green water plants, like turquoise set in enamelled gold.

"What lovely forget me nots!" cried her blonde companion, hurrying to her side, the oozy ground bending beneath her weight, as she pressed forward. "True blue true blue! I must have a bunch as well... Continue reading book >>

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