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
- 128 x 192 x 22mm | 199.58g
- 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"
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About Jonathan Stroud
Jonathan Stroud was born in Bedford and grew up in St Albans. He studied at York University. He has a strong background in children's books. While writing his earlier novels, Buried Fire, The Leap and The Last Siege, he worked as an editor in a London publishing firm, editing a number of game books and non-fiction titles . Now, with the worldwide interest in the best-selling Bartimaeus trilogy, he devotes himself to writing full-time. He also travels extensively, promoting his books. Ptolemy's Gate, the last title in the Bartimaeus trilogy, has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Jonathan now lives in St Albans with his wife two children.