Synopsis: Most of his life, Charlie Reese has been surrounded by a loving family and all the comforts of home. But when a house fire claims them, he and his cousin, Jimmy are sent to an orphanage in the heart of ‘Depression Era’ Chicago. A year later, Charlie’s life is shaken by yet another tragedy and with it comes the mysterious introduction of a secretive runaway, named Bartholomew. As Charlie begins to discover more about his new companion, he unknowingly becomes a participant in a two-hundred year old secret. Come the morning of the Black Blizzard, Charlie finds he must make a choice - flee the destiny laden at his feet or take on his responsibility and follow a path full of supernatural wonders.
Review: This story is different in nature than other books out there right now. It's not about vampires, werewolves or faeries. It also takes place in Depression Era Chicago. I really enjoy books taking place in historic settings. I really liked the character of Bartholomew. The characters have a lot of depth and realism. You get drawn into their story and feel what they feel. The story is a magical adventure that is fun for younger readers as well as adults. I definitely can't wait to read the next book in the series.