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Written by Thomas Taylor
Illustrated by Thomas Taylor
Part of the An Eerie-on-Sea Mystery SeriesWrite A Review
A new mystery washes up at Eerie-on-Sea
September 2021 Book of the Month
On the eve of Ghastly Night, a hypnotic stage magician, Caliastra, checks in to Eerie-on-Sea’s Grand Nautilus Hotel. She’s arrived with her entourage to put on a show – and she claims to be related to Herbert Lemon. Caliastra’s act is so shadowy and strange that Herbie’s friend Violet wonders if dark forces are at work, but Herbie won’t hear a word said against his new relation.
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?
In addition to our Lovereading4Kids expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
I loved this story so much! It had me gripped from the first page! I loved the character’s personalities and how they were so detailed and they were all so different. I loved reading this book and look forward to the next! Full review
This gripping story is bound to amuse you in the best way. I could not put it down, not even for a second. Full review
Like a perfect recipe, the perfect amount of mystery and intrigue! Full review
This is a great adventure from the Eerie-On-Sea mysteries that you won't be able to put down. For kids who love suspense! Full review
I really like this dark and creepy book! I loved all the characters (especially Violet) and all of the adventures they had on Ghastly Night in Eerie-On-Sea. I would definitely recommend it! Full review
This book has a great combination of suspense, creepiness and thrill. Full review
Praise for the series;
“Taylor’s prose effervesces with humour, the setting is richly atmospheric, the story sails along at a rate of knots and all the characters are beautifully drawn. Herbie and Violet are destined for more adventures and I, for one, can’t wait.” The Daily Mail
“Full of unforgettable characters and brimming with maritime mystery, Malamander is a masterclass in original story-telling. Taylor’s magical touch makes you believe in the impossible.” Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper’s Island
“Taylor is a supremely elegant writer, who does not dilly-dally. The plot is delivered like gunfire, and even less confident readers will be encouraged by cliffhanger chapters and knuckle-whitening prose. […] Children’s fantasy has become a crowded landscape in which new novelists can vanish without trace, but Taylor stands out. This is a sumptuously imagined book, which works a powerful spell.” The Telegraph
“Taylor knows how to create atmosphere and a sense of creepy place. It’s a book to be devoured, but is also born for the screen — and I can’t wait to see this south-coast Grand Budapest Hotel meets The Shape of Water (but with a better plot) become a hit.” The Times, Children’s Book of the Week
“This book introduces a diverse new detective duo in Herbie and Violet, and is told with such neat storytelling and surprising phrases it would be a joy to read aloud.” The Sunday Times, Children’s Book of the Week
“This is fantastical storytelling at its best with a Dickensian cast and a terrifying beast from the deep. This enthralling oceanic adventure had me hoping our heroic lost and foundlings will have more mysteries to solve in books to come. I wanted to read on and on.” M. G. Leonard, Author of Beetle Boy
“Mermonkeys, monsters and magic, oh my! Malamander is a brilliantly plotted mystery swirling with secrets, myths and the enigmatic residents of one unforgettable sea-side town.” Jennifer Bell, author of The Uncommoners
“[…] a wonderfully imaginative and atmospheric adventure, rich in myth and legend and with a delicious gothic edge […] Malamander confirms him as a ferociously talented writer […] this really is one that deserves all the buzz.” Fiona Noble, The Bookseller, Children’s Book of the Month
“Clever writing, swirling with atmosphere, standout characters and a crackling story combine to make this something special.” The Irish Independent, Children’s Books of the Year
“The seaside in midwinter makes a fabulous setting for Thomas Taylor’s Malamander. More, please.” New Statesman
|Publication date:||2nd September 2021|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||9+ readers|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Fantasy / Magical|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, Reviewed by Children|
|Collections:||Scary Reads for Halloween!,|
Thomas Taylor was born in Norwich, but grew up by the sea in Wales. His childhood was mostly about drawing, something he learnt to do in Maths classes. After art school, Thomas set out to illustrate books, then to write them himself. His first commission was the cover art for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Following this, he pursued a career in picture books, mostly from France where he lived for many years. Thomas now lives on the south coast of England and has two sons. Sometimes they ask for help with their ...More About Thomas Taylor
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