Two brothers, Michael and Stephen MacIntyre, together with their sister Sarah and the local vicar Tom Aubrey, uncover a deadly secret buried near their village. But time is short: can they prevent the awakening of an ancient evil before its powers corrupt them for ever?
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 129 x 198 x 19mm | 219g
- 03 Apr 2003
- Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Corgi Childrens
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
Back cover copy
When Michael McIntyre staggers home, red-eyed and disorientated, his family thinks he is suffering from sunstroke. No one realises that Michael has unwittingly released a powerful evil force that will gradually engulf them all. Are the fagile bonds that hold the McIntyre family together strong enough to resist the nightmare creature at the heart of the evil?
"An atmospheric and gripping debut"
"Jonathan Stroud writes like a seasoned veteran with a voice all his own, and tells a cracking story that races to a strong climax" * Daily Telegraph * "An atmospheric and gripping debut" * The Times * "An impressive debut" * Observer * "A well-written, intensely imagined first novel" * Carousel *
About Jonathan Stroud
Jonathan Stroud was born in Bedford in 1970. After studying English Literature at York University, he moved to London, where he worked as an editor in a publishing firm. He is the author of the best-selling BARTIMAEUS sequence, which is published in 35 languages and has sold 6 million copies worldwide, and also of four other novels: HEROES OF THE VALLEY, THE LAST SIEGE, THE LEAP and BURIED FIRE. Jonathan lives in Hertfordshire with his family.