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The Claws of Evil

Written by Andrew Beasley

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The Battles of Ben Kingdom

One of our Books of the Year 2013 & March 2013 Book of the Month - Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2014 9-11 category.

An action-packed plot drives this exciting thriller set in the dark and dangerous streets of Victorian London. Ben Kingdom is just a small street urchin but, when he becomes the owner of a mysterious coin, he finds himself caught up in a battle between two long standing enemy forces, the Watchers and the Legions. Ben will have to choose which side to go with – and it won’t be an easy choice to make.


In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Claws of Evil a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'I really enjoyed this book because the author, Andrew Beasley, has combined mystery and war into one epic, mind-blowing read..'.... Scroll down to read more reviews...


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A Piece of Passion from Rebecca Hill, Fiction Director, Usborne Publishing

Everybody at Usborne is incredibly excited to be publishing The Claws of Evil, the first book in a stunning new series The Battles of Ben Kingdom. I started reading this book on a plane journey from Italy but was quickly transported to the rooftops of Victorian London, where an age-long battle takes place between the mysterious Watchers and the brutal Legion. Only our hero, Ben Kingdom, can put an end to this war, and the dilemma at the heart of this brilliant novel is that he doesn’t know which side to choose.

Imaginative, captivating and fast-paced, Andrew has created colourful characters with real heart. Blending steampunk invention with nail-biting adventure, we believe this is the sort of fiction that will get readers talking. We hope you love it as much as we do. 

The Claws of Evil Synopsis

Welcome to Victorian London: the home of the Artful Dodger, Sherlock Holmes…and Ben Kingdom. Unknown to mere mortals, an ancient battle is being waged across the city. Below the streets lurk the Legion, an evil gang of miscreants and criminals in league with the monstrous Feathered Men – determined to unleash Hell on the streets of London. But above the city’s rooftops a ragtag band of orphans, mystics and spies, dedicated to protecting the vulnerable and guarding London against evil.

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The Claws of Evil Press Reviews

Lewis Parker age 10   I really enjoyed this book because the author, Andrew Beasley, has combined mystery and war into one epic, mind-blowing read. Click here to read the full review

Sam Thomas age 9
I really like this book because it is filled with mysteries and puzzles. Click here to read the full review

Christopher Tanner, aged 11
The Battles of Ben Kingdom is a vivid book with the plot going off in lots of different exciting directions. Click here to read the full review

Keanne-Robert Sullera, age 11 I like this book because it is mysterious. I wonder why Ben is afraid of the stranger and why Molly willingly goes with him. I recommend this book to children who are aged 10 and over and enjoy reading a puzzling story.

Sam Harper, age 9 It's a really exciting adventure story with lots of twists and turns..Click here to read the full review

Conor Kelly aged 15  I really loved the ending it is great. I would recommend this book to boys and girls. And it would make a fantastic movie.  Click here to read the full review

Izzy Luck age 10 Your emotions go flying when you dive into this adventurous and surprising book; ups and downs are magically created. No dislikes at all. Click here to read the full review

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ISBN: 9781409544005
Publication date: 01/03/2013
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781409544005
Publication date: 1st March 2013
Author: Andrew Beasley
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Andrew Beasley

As a child adventure was everywhere for Andrew Beasley; he went exploring Scunge Island and had an underground base made out of sunken coal bunker. Now that he's grown up, Andrew works as a primary school teacher in Cornwall and the author of The Battles of Ben Kingdom series. The Claws of Evil was his first book for children.

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