Series: Lockwood & Co. #5
Published by Disney-Hyperion on September 12th 2017
After the dramatic events of The Creeping Shadow, the Lockwood team (plus Quill Kipps) deserve some well-earned rest.
So naturally they break into the Fittes Mausoleum, on a perilous mission to discover the truth about London's top ghost-hunting agency, and its sinister leader.
What they discover will change everything.
But there's little time to ponder. A near-miss at a haunted fairground is only the start - as the Fittes agency closes in on the team, an epic struggle commences.
With the help of some unexpected, and rather ghostly, allies, Lockwood & Co must battle their greatest enemy yet, as they move ever closer to the moment when the earth-shattering secret of 'the problem' will finally be revealed.
Jonathan Stroud once again delivers a rousing adventure full of danger, laughs, twists, and frights. The revelations will send readers back to Book 1 to start the series all over again.
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I’ve loved this series from the first book, which I first encountered when I was a CYBILS judge the year it won. It was a clear winner, so far reaching above any book I had read that year. I just love the mix of great characters, the absolutely stunning setting of London with ghosts, and some of the more horrific scenes that keep me coming back. While there are some terribly horrific moments, there’s lots of humor and banter, especially between Lucy and her whispering Skull. I love the relationships developing in this book, especially as we learn a bit more about Holly and George – two of the agents that don’t really have as much psychic abilities as Lucy and Lockwood, but are immense help to the agency.
I love the twist in this book, a big reveal at the beginning that sets the tone for the book. I love that these books have an overarching plot but also zone in on horrific moments as they take on cases and risk their lives. I loved the theatre haunting in the first part of this book, it was really quite creepy and unpleasant.
All in all, I highly suggest this series as a mix of paranormal and suspense/horror with great characters, a twisty plot with plenty of action on the side, and beautiful writing.
About the Author:
Jonathan Anthony Stroud is an author of fantasy books, mainly for children and youths.
Stroud grew up in St Albans where he enjoyed reading books, drawing pictures, and writing stories. Between the ages seven and nine he was often ill, so he spent most of his days in the hospital or in his bed at home. To escape boredom he would occupy himself with books and stories. After he completed his studies of English literature at the University of York, he worked in London as an editor for the Walker Books store. He worked with different types of books there and this soon led to the writing of his own books. During the 1990s, he started publishing his own works and quickly gained success.
In May 1999, Stroud published his first children’s novel, Buried Fire, which was the first of a line of fantasy/mythology children’s books.
Among his most prominent works are the bestselling Bartimaeus Trilogy. A special feature of these novels compared to others of their genre is that Stroud examines the stereotypes and ethics of the magician class and the enslaved demons. This is done by examining the perspective of the sarcastic and slightly egomaniacal djinni Bartimaeus. The books in this series are The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem’s Eye, and Ptolemy’s Gate, his first books to be published in the United States.
Stroud lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire, with his two children, Isabelle and Arthur, and his wife Gina, an illustrator of children’s books.
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