"A place like the Americas to us dwellers in the old world, full of wonders as well as dangers. Take heed of what is written in these pagers so that you may avoid the errors of the past."--Julia Golding
The Gorgon's Gaze, the second book of the Companions Quartet, is an eco-fantasy novel written by Julia Golding, whose first novel, 'The Diamond of Drury Lane', won two Children's Book Prize in 2006. This series about mythical creatures has a gentle mystery aura. The book continues the story of the Secret of the Sirens, about a secret society sworn to protect mythical creatures. Connie Lionheart, a twelve year old girl, who becomes its central member.
Mallins Wood is under threat, and with it the home of the last remaining gorgon - a mythical creature that can kill with a look. Only a handful of people know that she still exists. Col and his mother are among them, and both are determined to save her, and the forest. While Col tries to rally support amongst the locals, his mum is hatching a more deadly plan. Egged on by the evil Kullervo, she is ready to sacrifice Col's best friend, Connie, to protect the gorgon.
Golding ends this installment with closure rather than suspense, though Kullervo will clearly be back soon. Set in two coastal English towns and the woods between them, this pleasantly earnest series will appeal especially to fans of golden dragons and human-animal bonds. The rest of the quartet includes Mines of the Minotaur, and The Chimera's Curse. Golding, who describe herself as a dweller in the old world, amuses and educates our kids.