9+ Readers Fantasy and Magic Halloween
Author: Thomas Taylor
ISBN: 9781406386301
Publication date: 2nd September 2021
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages

About Shadowghast

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?

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Zayna - Age 12

This book was so interesting and full of twists- I loved the plot so much and thought the characters were so detailed. I loved the book so much I finished it in one day! I also thought it was a great length- perfect older readers.

Alex Urban - Age 9

Herbie and his best friend Violet are off on another exciting adventure. Ever since his aunt Caliastra arrived strange things have been happening. First, Violet's guardian disappears and then more people follow. Can this be linked to Herbie's Aunt or is this just a coincidence?
This book was awesome and made me read all the previous books in this action-packed series, and I read it in less than a day! I could not put it down, not even for a second, and I really enjoyed this experience.
Thomas Taylor is my favourite author and in my opinion, this is his best book.

Bethany McNeil - Age 13

One of the best books I have read so far, it has an amazing storyline & I like how there are different twists and turns throughout the story.

Euan Hosie - Age 10

This book is focused on Herbert (Herbie) Lemon and his friend Violet. Herbie and Violet are both growing up without their parents, Herbie's parents passed away.
When a mysterious magician comes to Eerie-On-Sea with a magic lantern she makes an unexpected claim on Herbert, claiming they are related.
A long time ago, a strange man had washed up on Eerie-On-Sea with a magic lantern in the shape of a dragon with a small orb in it's mouth which holds huge power. He was double crossed by the Mayor with catastrophic consequences!
The shadowghast is a legend - a creature who can only travel about in the light. There is something odd about Caliastra - the mysterious magician - and her two mime artists which grabs Herbie's attention.
Things quickly escalate and more and more people are disappearing from Eerie-On-Sea. If they haven't disappeared, they aren't the same and act differently - being mean to their friends.
My favourite part of this book was when they were all at the Theatre on the end of the pier because of the suspenseful chase!
After the chase, life in Eerie-On-Sea returns to normal, except for the villan who meets a terrible end!
Read this book if you like mysteries and adventure.

Emily Welbourn - Age 10

Despite not having read the first two books in this series I really loved this book! It is delightfully dark and creepy with a cast of spooky, ghastly and fun characters. In Eerie-On-Sea it is Ghastly Night and the Shadowghast is waiting in the shadows to devour the spirits of the living! Our heroes Herbie and Vi must try to solve a dangerous mystery before everyone is swallowed by darkness! There is so much adventure, mystery and fun in this book. A perfect read for autumn and the Halloween season, this is a magical, quirky and brilliantly inventive mystery story!

Lukas Stewart - Age 12

This book has a great combination of suspense, creepiness and thrill. The whole plot is set around mystery and so you never quite know what is going to happen next or how it is going to happen. I also love the magical theme as it is exciting and unknown! I just wanted to keep reading this book until I got to the end as I was desperate to know what was going to happen next.
I love the names of the characters in this book such as Violet Parma and Herbie Lemon as they remind me of sweets, which is clever, as well as the name of the place in which the story is set - Eerie-on-sea! This all adds to the feel of the story and the characters, and helps you to bring them to life. The legend of how the Shadowghast might exist makes you wonder who is really responsible for the disappearance of people in the town and it makes you come up with different scenarios in your imagination as to what might have happened and why. I like that this book has both a female and male character as it's main characters as it therefore appeals to both boys and girls, and it shows what can happen when people work as a team and not just on their own! I definitely recommend this book!

Philippa Ferry - Age 9

Herbie and Violet return in this third book of the Eerie on Sea series. A mysterious magician arrives in town, bringing with her a magical lantern and claiming to be Herbie's long lost Aunt. The ghastly night show could spell danger for all the inhabitants of Eerie on Sea and Herbie and Violet's friendship is put to the test. It is a gripping story with a twist: it keeps you guessing who the real puppet master is. My favourite part of the book was the end so you'll have to read it to find out what happens. Great for fans of fantasy books. You definitely need to read Malamander and Gargantis first.

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