I read the back,and it sounded really interesting. Unter einem Vorwand schleicht Hector sich auf dem schaurigen Schloss der eiskalten Lady Mandible ein, wo Truepin — inzwischen in der Maske des vornehmen Baron Bovrik — ein luxuriöses Leben führt. Our hero, the gently brought up and well-educated Hector Fizbaudly, loses everything when his rich businessman father dies after having been blackmailed by the dastardly one-eyed Gulliver Truepin. Riddles are laced throughout the novel, with answers appended. Names like Lady Mandible, Urbs Umida, Pagus Parvus, the River Foedus, Baron Bovrik de Vandolin, and more. He sees someone sneaking around at night. If I ever compile a list of the best of the worst food scenes, this will be the very first to come to mind.
When heavily contrived circumstances throw Pin and Juno together, Pin becomes as determined to discover her secrets as he is to clear the name of his vanished father, who is accused of murder. Unlike previous stories this story didn't really have any element of magic to it; it was a creepy and fun historical mystery with a heavy Victorian overtone to it. Perhaps it just caught me at a bad time, or perhaps it's just because I am the kind of person who cries over roadkill, but this book was far too grim for my tastes. It reads well as a standalone but I still want to read the other books. I haven't read the other two but I soon will! The book is populated by characters with names like Lord Mandible, Oscar Carpue and Lottie Fitch. Have to love a book that uses words like coruscating, diurnal and crepuscular.
Higgins keeps introducing new characters and plots while very slowly resolving the issues she raised in the previous books. Murder Eyeballs Puzzling riddles Leeches. He has led a life of privledge, only occasionally touring the destitute south side of the city which he finds kind of exciting. Obviously, a well thought-out plot. I am specially attuned to food description in books and this one made me naseous. He has led a life of privledge, only occasionally touring the destitute south side of the city which he finds kind of exciting.
This is the kind of book where Latin is bandied about freely and riddles are in great supply. Here is something I have learned over the years, A good story is a good story. A cross between Poe and Dickens, a little bit dark, but a whole lot fun. However there is enough here that the characters come alive with intrigue and mystery. Also the book has a lot of interesting moments there are times when you can't even understand what is happening. Readers need not be familiar with Higgins' other books, but the hints dropped in to tie the world together will likely send them hunting for more while awaiting the next.
He is a master of disguise, and a swindler who moves from place to place. Higgins's clever and intricate plot moves along swiftly. Although Hector Fitzbaudly has always lived a plush life on the posh side of the River Foedus, he's yearned to slip away from his comfortable home and see the seedy side of Urbs Umida. She of course plugged her three books - The Black Book Of Secrets, The Bone Magician, and this one. In fact, I found parts of it to be almost too scary there are a few things that make me queasy, Higgins just happened to hit upon them.
I will definitely be reading the next book in the series, The Lunatic's Curse. For this book, at least. Higgins has created a uniquely grim fantasy world that more than holds its own with Dickens or Peake. If you notice any incorrect information or typos on this page, please. Her characters are brilliantly realised and the story grabs at the reader with hooked talons.
At first I saw nothing. Hector vows to get his revenge and quickly finds an opportunit This is not a bad book; it is quite well written with a very intricate plot. Kids reading this book provided they've strong stomachs should be fine. Readers need not be familiar with Higgins' other books, but the hints dropped in to tie the world together will likely send them hunting for more while awaiting the next. But is revenge the best idea, as more strange events and mysteries occur Hector starts to wonder if this is what he really wants. Young Hector Fitzbaudly has found himself thrust into a life of poverty as a result of a horrible scammer and blackmailer by the name of Gulliver Truepin. Higgins has created a uniquely grim fantasy world that more than holds its own with Dickens or Peake.
Soon Hector finds himself embroiled in mysterious deeds more poisonous than hi When his butterfly-collector father is swindled to within an inch of his life, a vengeful Hector leaves the city of Urbs Umida in pursuit of a fiendish villain with a glass eye. He takes a job incubating butterflies for Lady Mandible, and places himself in the perfect position to take revenge. Their horns were the towers and the light burning in the windows their evil red eyes. The trail leads to Withypitts Hall, a forbidding Gothic mansion as warped as its inhabitants and their secret schemes. Hector is the son on a wealthy wine merchant. The characters are quite unique - often funny and bizarre like Lord Mandible and Mrs.