Illustrator: Thomas Taylor

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Walker Books

Book 3 of An Eerie-on-Sea Mystery Series

Age 9+

Fantasy & Magical Realism Crime & Mystery Fiction Conjuring & Magic

A creepy magician with a shadowy act. A legend that goes back to the dawn of time. Eerie-on-Sea just got stranger. And darker...

A mysterious stage magician has set up in the theatre at the end of the pier, with an act so hypnotic and strange that Herbie Lemon and his friend Violet Parma suspect dark forces are at work. Meanwhile, folk are disappearing from Eerie-on-Sea, and no one knows why. There is an Eerie legend that goes back to the dawn of time, about a creature made of darkness that devours the shadows of the living. But could the Shadowghast really have returned?


Thomas Taylor is an award-winning author-illustrator for children. He illustrated the cover for the very first Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and has since gone on to write and illustrate several picture books and young novels; most recently he illustrated Scarlett Hart: Monster Hunter, written by Marcus Sedgwick. This is his third title in the Legends of Eerie-on-Sea sequence; the first, Malamander, was published to huge acclaim and was followed with the equally popular Gargantis. Thomas lives on the south coast of England and can be found on Facebook and Twitter: @ThomasHTaylor


Despite all of the spine-tingling action, I delighted in being back in the town steeped in folklore and superstition. I love it when you step into a book and you immediately have that connection with the setting and the characters and journeying back to the strange seaside town was like catching up with old friends…Thomas Taylor delivers all the story elements that make this series such a hit; suspense, mystery, intrigue, sinister goings-on, strange characters and legends from the past impacting those in the present. It all makes for another brilliantly gripping adventure from first page to last that I honestly could not stop reading

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The plot is thick with events and there are many colourful characters to keep track of. It is more sinister than the previous two books in the series. Herbie and Violet are ideal heroes who seem to be the only children in town. They are curious, brave, and intelligent. The mime artists who work with Caliastra add a lot of humour. The tone is of a bygone world and full of tongue-in-cheek puns and nautical language. Thomas Taylor does a great job creating the seaside town of Eerie. His illustrations and map really enhance the quirky atmosphere. With 328 pages it is ideal for middle grade fans of fantasy who like a challenge.

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