An atmospheric and riveting fantasy adventure, perfect for fans of Frances Hardinge and Cornelia Funke.
Pip lives on his wits in the city of Clarel. When he pickpockets the wrong man, he finds himself in possession of a strange object – a heart in a silver casket. What’s more, the heart seems to be trying to communicate with Pip, and the royal officials who lost it will stop at nothing to get it back.
Pip has unwittingly broken an ancient spell, and his theft will have far-reaching consequences for the whole city. As the ancient war between the Spectres and witches of Clarel reignites, the heart prepares to seek revenge for all it has suffered…
Alison Croggon conjures a rich, immersive world with brilliant and memorable characters in this captivating story of loyalty, courage and friendship.
This is a rich, dark adventure full of twists and turns for fans of Karen Foxlee and Cornelia Funke aged 9+.
Croggon excels both at world-building and at maintaining the internal logic of a fantasy world… suitable for enthusiastic readers of about 10 and up.
4 stars. With plenty of morally grey characters and themes revolving around what true friendship and kindness should look like, this was a spellbinding read I enjoyed immensely.
Book Book Owl
a multi-layered novel with a complex plot. This thrilling, imaginative, magical adventure comes from one of Australia’s finest writers
Kids Book Review
A wonderful tale bursting with adventure and magic!?The fusion of magic within the fabric of the crumbling kingdom created an amazing setting for this awesome middle grade tale.
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