Wednesday, 9 February 2011

9+: Mortlock - Jon Mayhew

Release Date: 05/04/10


The sister is a knife-thrower in a magician's stage act, the brother an undertaker's assistant. Neither orphan knows of the other's existence. Until, that is, three terrible Aunts descend on the girl's house and imprison her guardian, the Great Cardamom. His dying act is to pass the girl a note with clues to the secret he has carried to his grave. Cardamom was one of three explorers on an expedition to locate the legendary Amarant, a plant with power over life and death. Now, pursued by flesh-eating crow-like ghuls, brother and sister must decode the message and save themselves from its sinister legacy.


OK, I admit it, I am late to this novel. Not because I’ve been lazy but because this title has been saved as a special treat. After all, at this time of year when the dark nights close in a gem has to be kept to help light the way and with its nomination for an award or two we felt that now was the right time to strike.

Mortlock is a title that’s part evil dead, part adventure as well as a journey of discovery as our heroes seek to fulfil an old man’s last request.

Beautifully written this tale is a great addition to any young readers library and with the second title to be released shortly there’s a real chance to get in on the bottom rung now. Finally back that with a whole cast of cracking characters, great prose and delicious dialogue and you’ll soon see why it’s selling so well.

1 comment:

  1. So glad you enjoyed it! It's a real thrill to get feedback! Readers may be interested to know that there are two free Mortlock short stories at with two more to follow. You can read them before or after you've enjoyed Mortlock and The Demon Collector (March 7th)