Vincent Verdigris is a master thief and outsider, arriving in the mysterious and highly superstitious Degringolade for the first time. Heiress Citrine Capodel is looking for her father, who has been missing for a year, but her only help lies in reading the fortune cards. Folly Harpelaine is hunting something, and knows far more than she's letting on. While Jonah is a straightforward mystery, showing up where he's least expected.
At first these four very different young people have nothing in common. But Degringolade is a strange place, with unexplainable forces at work, and haunted tar pits filled with the spirits of the restless, murderous dead. It's a place where anything can happen, and on a night when the moon is at its furthest point from the world, several unexpected things did. Now these four are locked together, whether they like it or not.
Step into F. E Higgins's new world, where corvids peck at corpses, bodies are thrown in tar and Lurid ghosts wail and writhe. It's a complicated, morbid world in which these four characters live. And what characters they are - brave, clever, strong, capable, thieving, deceiving, suspicious and superstitious. But loyal too, once they sort themselves out.
This is a great tale, part puzzle - as the four heroes gradually join up - part mystery, and all adventure. Prepare for theft, murder, betrayal, attempted murder, more theft, dark dealings, daring escapes, more attempted murder, brave rescues, even more theft and a spread or two of cards. It's clever, quick-paced and fun. There's little chance for your attention to wonder, and with perilous cliff-hangers like these you'll read through it in no time.