Basic Info:

Author: Sam Enthoven

Publisher: Penguin Group Inc.

Publication Date: September 7th, 2006

Page Count: 503 (Hardcover Version)



Jack’s best mate, Charlie, has always been effortlessly cool. When Charlie wakes up one day and finds a mysterious, moving black tattoo on his back, it’s a clear sign that he’s even cooler than Jack thought. To top it off, Charlie is suddenly able to fight like a kung-fu master, fly, and control the minds of others. Yes, he’s got super powers.

Or does he?

Jack soon learns the terrifying truth: Charlie’s incredible powers come from an age-old demon called the Scourge, who is using Charlie to bring about its evil master plan. To stop the Scourge, Jack and Charlie join forces with Esme, a girl with super powers of her own, trained from birth to fight the demon. But time is running out, as Charlie falls deeper under the Scourge’s dark spell.

When the Scourge vanishes with Charlie, Jack and Esme follow their friend from the streets of London into Hell itself, where they face horrors that may well cost them their lives. Can they survive to outwit the Scourge, save Charlie, and stop an even greater evil?

My thoughts:

Well, this book was…interesting, to say the least. It had a very interesting premise, and I thought that while it did have its issues, overall it was an okay book. However, I probably wouldn’t read it again. The problems I had with this book were enough to make me have no interest to pick it up. This doesn’t mean that no one else should like it, and I encourage you all to pick it up if you have the chance. I just know that I have no further interest in this book after I finish writing this review.


  • The story doesn’t waste time getting to the action.
  • Good descriptive language.
  • The characters have realistic reactions to the situations at hand.
  • The characters have stable and fleshed out personalities.
  • As the story progresses, there is a good amount of character growth.
  • The whole story is very unique in its premise. This is the main thing that kept me reading.


  • Everyone seems to be clueless about what’s going on with Charlie. Why do they just accept what he can do? Is it some kind of ‘the power was within you all along’ kind of thing? The Brotherhood is meant to fight the demon, yet they can’t recognize it.
  • Charlie is really unlikable. Jack doesn’t say anything about his behavior being different, so if this is how he usually acts then why is he supposedly so popular?
  • Stiff speech at times.
  • I don’t understand why Jack doesn’t say anything to anyone about the tattoo. They say in the book that Charlie is acting weird with the tattoo, but Jack just lets it fly over his head over and over again.
  • Book takes a long time to pick up; about 1/3 in and it finally gets some action.

All in all, I give this book 3.5 stars. Not the best, not the worst. If you think this is a book for you, then go for it!

That’s all I have for you today,

Stay well-read,