Fresh out of school, young Mariah faces a new chapter of his life, living in the Prince Regent hotel built into the face of a cliff. His job is to assist the magician in the stage shows held for the guests. Above ground, the guests are offered every form of luxury.
Below ground, in the green, slime-dripping walls of the basements, is where the magic show equipment is kept - and lurking in an Egyptian sarcophagus amongst scuttling sea-creatures is a secret that draws Mariah into the path of villainy, plots and possible death.
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Excellent performance! Love this amazing story.
Well paced adventure
It was a well paced adventure, plenty of interesting characters and well narrated (more of which below). The author uses language and description superbly.
No spoilers from me here I hope, but I really enjoyed the description of the Prince Regent as Mariah sees it for the first time.
It's easy to pick out some of the more action based parts - of which there are several, but I really enjoyed the opening chapters as the train journey unfolds, and Captain Charity places himself at the centre of it.
Yes, very much so.
It's a book designed for young teens I suspect, but as I left that stage some decades ago I would recommend it to anyone really. The book throws up lots of interesting characters, and it is not clear where loyalties lie initially. There is good use of description, some of the more fantastic elements are blended in nicely, and overall it has a good pace and maintains interest. Have got the second one cued up ready to listen to. The narration is very good, although a couple of the characters and one in particular is made to be annoyingly shouty, however I suspect this is all a matter of taste.