After the thrilling events which concluded The Smoking Hourglass, Ivy, Seb and Valian think they've vanquished their enemies, and those of Lundinor, forever. It turns out their adventure was only just beginning . . . Ivy and Seb can't wait to join Valian for their first ever overseas uncommon adventure - they're meeting in Nubrook, the completely astonishing and totally-different-to-Ludinor trading market hidden underneath New York. But there's no time to enjoy looking round all the incredible sights - they're on a mission to find Valian's long-lost sister, Rosie. But it seems they're not the only ones looking for her. Once again the Dirge rear their terrifying heads, and it appears they're after not only Rosie, but another enormously powerful Great Uncommon Good object. But what do they want it for? And can Ivy, Seb and Valian stop them from finding it?
In a Nutshell - Uncommonly good magical mystery With wild imagination the second book in The Uncommoners trilogy launches straight into adventure as Ivy, her brother Seb and their unusual friend Valian, find themselves aboard the MV Outlander with some unsavoury fellow passengers. Using liquid shadow they get close enough to the evil ghoul Selena Grimes to overhear her wicked scheme to find the Jar of Shadows and use it to gain control over the people of Lundinor. The group know they must get back to Lundinor to foil this plan but when they do they find the mysterious city much changed. The Smoking Hourglass is an enchanting mix of ancient and modern. The children are quick to pull out their phones and check maps and websites in their pursuit of the evil organisation, The Dirge, but throughout the book are references to traditional tales, spells and fantasy. Ivy is feisty and smart and Seb resourceful and clever. The action is non-stop, the writing humourous and exciting. I recommend you read the first in the series, The Crooked Sixpence, first for a full introduction to this magical world.
June 2016 Debut of the Month Welcome to a world where nothing is quite as it seems. If you enjoy adventure, mystery and an avalanche of magic, then you've come to the right place! This is an uncommonly good and magical tale of Ivy's adventures in Lundinor, a spellbinding city underneath London where ordinary objects have amazing powers. It is the first in a planned fantasy trilogy called The Uncommoners for anyone with a Hogwarts-shaped hole in their life. Are you ready for an uncommon adventure? *** This edition now contains stunning interior illustrations by cover artist Karl Mountford.