This fantastic follow-up to the Storylines Tessa Duder Award-winning The Traitor and the Thief is every bit as exciting and action-packed as the first instalment.
Sin is dying, poisoned by his blue blood. His troubles deepen when the traitor who poisoned him escapes from the custody of the Covert Operations Group and sets out for revenge. COG tasks Sin, his friend Zonda Chubb and their frenemy Velvet Von Darque with recapturing the traitor, whatever the cost. Taking to the air in pursuit, they must battle skypirates and the terrifying Clockill to complete their mission. But with his condition worsening, can Sin survive long enough to save his friends, himself and the day?
Gareth Ward (aka The Great Wardini) is a magician, hypnotist, storyteller and bookseller. He has worked as a Royal Marine Commando, police officer, evil magician and zombie, and as a writer and compere of Napier City’s inaugural steampunk murder mystery evening. Born near Oxford in the UK he currently lives in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, where he runs two independent bookshops with his wife Louise. His first novel The Traitor and the Thief, a rip-roaring steampunk adventure, won the 2016 Storylines Tessa Duder Award, the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Youth Novel and Best New Talent, and was a 2018 Storylines Notable Book.
Once again, this is a great series for readers 11 and up who have enjoyed Eoin Colfer’s Warp books, or who are looking for a slightly younger and more action-based entry into something like the Mortal Engines series by Phillip Reeve. There are plenty of airships, death-defying moments, and relentless clockwork assassins to keep the heart racing, and I’m looking forward to seeing where Sin and his friends go from here.
CBCA: Reading Time
The rich language, world-building and well-formed characterisation go hand in hand with a cracking plot that races along and has twists and surprises aplenty…It is refreshing and pacey and will have kids wanting more…This is a must have series for schools, libraries nad homes
I highly recommend both The Traitor and the Thief and The Clockill and the Thief as they, together, create an amazing storyline which sets the reader back in time to the streets of London where trust and friendship is crucial to survive.