Born under a wandrin Star
Obscure Children's Fiction
While I'm patiently waiting for Philip Pullman's arrival on the cinema screen, I thought I'd go over some of the books that first sparked me off. For years after I first read Lord of the Rings I spent a lot of time trying to find something as good. So I remembered some fairly decent book series that staved off the cold turkey pangs :p
Windlord was the first in a series of fantasy novels by Irish author Michael Scott, which was left incompleted. I was thinking of this book again recently after I began playing City of Heroes and created my first hero - a Fomorii named Baby Balor :D That stems from this book, which features two modern teens (you can tell it's modern, because the male lead insists on ripping his jeans ;) ) been transported back to the Hyperborean age in Ireland, when the Fomorii ruled the Tuatha de Danann under the oppressive rule of Balor of the Evil Eye. As the title suggests the protagonists, a brother and sister, fall in with a young magician who can control the winds seeking to overthrow Balor. The Fomorii were described as giant lizardmen and there were great descriptions of the various cities and the strange creatures therein.
I'd actually recommend it well enough. So any suggestions of your own?