Carter Anderson's father is the Master of the High House, a mystical dwelling filled with twisting corridors, magical books, and secret passageways. As Master, his father maintains not only the High House, but the world, keeping it safe from evil. Mr. Anderson sends Carter away for his own safety; but when Carter returns, he finds that the House's worst enemies have invaded--and his father is nowhere to be found.
In this fantastic adventure, Carter Anderson returns to Evenmere, the High House, after years of exile, only to find Ashton, his father and the master of the house, missing and the Society of Anarchists launching a massive assault to take possession of the house and the power it holds in keeping the universe running smoothly. Carter blames himself for the predicament, as it was his own childhood deed that gave the evil society the keys to gain control of the High House. Knowing that it's his responsibility to restore the master of High House, Carter braves a terrifying journey, with the assistance of his half brother Duskin, to find his father. In his first novel, Stoddard tells a thrilling story that features not only a unique and powerful family but a magnificent edifice filled with mysterious doors and passageways that link kingdoms and unite the universe.
Fantasy at its classic best. The infinite eternal House, where the clocks must be wound and the lamps lighted, to keep the Universe running. The young man learns to become Master of the House upon his father's disappearance and eventually realizes that the Master is more so the Principal Servant of the House. Drawn in detail, the characters are likeable, intelligent, developed personalities. The plot moves well; the adventures are exciting; the emotions are true;the rewards of reading are the pleasing satisfaction of having enjoyed a good, well-written story. Also recommended is the sequel "The False House" and I'm pleased to learn that the author is at work on a third volume.