|Plot Summary of The Face in the Frost|
Prospero is a magician who lives in a very unusual (and very cluttered) house. When his friend Roger Bacon comes to visit, they both realize something is seriously amiss. There have been many signs and portents - a huge, malicious moth, a skeletal birds, bad omens from magical mirrors. After Prospero examines a book Bacon has brought with him, he realizes an old enemy is behind this, and is plotting evil. Prospero and Bacon set out to thwart said evil; during their journeys, they encounter many magical and mundane problems, and rely on their wits as much as their magic to save them. By turns creepy, suspenseful, and funny, Bellairs' first book defies classification - but it's definitely a fantasy classic.
This synopsis report prepared by Ivy
Prospero, a wizard living quietly in an insanely eccentric house, is visited by his friend, Roger Bacon. They both have been having uneasy feelings and premonitions, and must travel to stop what is behind them. These are very down-to- earth, unpretentious wizards, so the building horror is that more frightening. An absolutely classic book that does not fit neatly into most categories.
This synopsis report prepared by Shelley Waltzer
|Chapter Analysis of The Face in the Frost|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy world/fantasy past
Mental/magical powers focus
- magical powers (general)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Kid's book (ages 7-14)
If magical mental powers:
- can cast many different spells
- can read emotions
- general past
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a primitive/fantasy society
Takes place on Earth?
Planet outside solar system?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How much dialogue?
- significantly more dialog than descript
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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