The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance (Candle Man #1)

The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance (Candle Man #1)
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September 22, 2009
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Murder, mystery, and adventure aren’t your typical birthday presents . . . But for Theo, anything that breaks up his ordinary routine is the perfect gift. A mysterious “illness” and Theo’s guardians force him into a life indoors, where gloves must be worn and daily medical treatments are the norm. When Theo discovers a suspicious package on his birthday, one person from the past will unlock the secret behind Theo’s “illness” and change his life forever. Molded into an exhilarating steampunk adventure that gives birth to the next great fantasy hero, Theo Wickland, Candle Man: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance is the first book in a trilogy by debut author Glenn Dakin.

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Reader reviewed by Kristen

This book definitely lived up to my expectations. Theo is a boy who has
grown up rarely leaving his room and only knowing 3 people - Dr. Saint,
Mr. Nicely (the butler), and a deaf maid named Clarice. He has an
illness that forces him to wear gloves and submit to treatments that
involve a machine called The Mercy Tube.

One night, two robbers
knock out the butler and force Theo to show them around. They discover
a secret room with articles and a poster of a man that looks exactly
like him - called The Candle Man. The older robber gets afraid after
seeing the poster and they start to leave, when they decide Theo cannot
live to tell of what they looked like. Just as the younger man is about
to kill Theo, Theo grabs him and he is not wearing his gloves. The man
melts away before his eyes and the other robber runs away.

becomes more curious and when he receives an anonymous note that he is
in danger, he tries to escape, to be added by a strange creature. He
meets the remaining members of The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance who
tell him of the evil deeds of those who had held him captive - The
Society of Good Works. Theo learns that his touch is not an illness,
but a gift - to help rid the world of criminals. His arms glow anytime
a criminal is near.

This book was filled with interesting
characters, the likes of which I can only compare to Lemony Snicket.
Theo takes a while to catch on to how the world works, but finds that
having friends makes him feel more confident in himself and his
abilities to fight against The Society of Good Works - whose works are
never really "good" - even though they pretend they are.

Full of
thrilling adventures, Candle Man pulls you into the story and makes you
crave more. I would definitely suggest picking up this book when it
comes out in September.

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