Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

Shadowghast by Thomas Taylor

It’s October in Eerie-on-Sea and the nights are drawing in. Ghastly Night is approaching – a night when a shadowy story threatens to take control of the town. In this third book in the Legends of Eerie-on-Sea series, Shadowghast is a monster you definitely don’t want to meet on a dark night!

Herbert Lemon is still busy in his post as Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus Hotel. It’s the end of the summer season and Cheerie-on-Sea is becoming Eerie once more. When a strange troupe of actors arrive to perform for the traditional Ghastly Night, Herbie ends up with more than he ever imagined. Why does this mysterious raven-haired woman know his name and why does she want to meet with him in Lady Kraken’s private rooms? It looks like Herbie’s life may never be the same again.

Spunky Violet Parma knows that a problem shared isn’t really a problem at all – it’s an adventure. She’s ready to help and shed some logical perspective on some shocking revelations about Herbie’s past. With question after question, she is ready to unpeel the layers of mystery and discover the truth within.

All of my favourite parts of Eerie-on-Sea return in this magical tale of the creepiest of folklore, dangerous villains and closely guarded secrets: the Eerie Book Dispensary with the imposing Mermonkey, Erwin the wise bookshop cat, Clermit the clockwork Hermit crab, the wonderful Jenny Hanniver and the irreplaceable Mrs Fossil.  A suspicious magician, haunted arcade games and unexplored tunnels are added to the mix to reveal the deepest secrets of Eerie-on-Sea and a Ghastly Night shadow puppet show that will change the town forever!

I devoured this book in one afternoon as I was carried away with Herbie and Violet on an edge-of-my seat adventure. I gasped in shock and rushed on to find out what was going to happen to this wonderful pair, all the time not wanting the story to end. I can’t wait to go back and read it again with my children. I’m sure once it’s published, this will be an audible bedtime favourite for my three. We often hear the tell-tale words of Malamander and Gargantis drifting from their bedrooms as they settle down for the night – dreaming of Eerie-on-Sea.

Thank you to Walker Books for a sneak peek at this incredible book!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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