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The Shadow Lantern (Blackhope Enigma) Hardcover – 22 Jul 2014

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  • Hardcover: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Templar Books (22 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763664367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763664367
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.4 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Teresa Flavin is an illustrator and author of critically-acclaimed fantasy novels for children and young people. Her debut novel, The Blackhope Enigma (Templar Publishing UK), was short-listed for a number of UK book awards and was a Fall 2011 Junior Library Guild selection in the USA (Candlewick Press). The sequel, The Crimson Shard, is published in the UK by Templar and in the USA by Candlewick Press. It was a Fall 2012 Junior Library Guild Selection and was nominated for the 2013 Teen Choice Book of the Year. Templar published The Shadow Lantern, the final novel in the Blackhope Enigma trilogy, in the UK in 2013 and Candlewick published it in 2014.

In 2013 British publisher Barrington Stoke published Yellow Rabbit (Illustrated by Rich Watson) for a reading age of 6 and in 2014 it brought out Teresa's latest novel, Jet Black Heart, a supernatural time travel mystery for teens.

American-born Teresa lives in West Yorkshire, England. She maintains a studio where she not only writes, but illustrates and makes paintings for gallery exhibitions. She also speaks widely in schools, libraries and at literary festivals.

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About the Author

Teresa Flavin's first novel, The Blackhope Enigma, was shortlisted for the 2011 Scottish Children's Book Award, the 2011 Leeds Book Award and the 2011 Waverton Good Reads Award, and long-listed for the 2011 Branford Boase Prize. When she is not writing or illustrating, Teresa leads school art workshops, makes paintings and hand-made books, travels to far-flung places with her geographer husband, hikes in the Scottish hills and walks every labyrinth she can find. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
Sunni and Blaise are projected to another of Corvo's magical worlds courtesy of an old oil lamp and painted slides. Inside the Shadowlands, they become enmeshed in a dangerous mission to protect the artist magician's enchanted paintings. Pursued by the evil villain, Soranzo, who seeks possession of the enchanted paintings, the plot twists and turns as the vivid narrative unfolds.
This is an exciting story, brimming with drama and intrigue. As the plot thickens, the tentative relationship between Sunni and Blaise also develops, resulting in a satisfying resolution. The Shadow Lantern is an intoxicating adventure story with strong, convincing characters.
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By Serendipity Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Jun 2013
Format: Paperback
Reviewed by author K. M. Lockwood on Serendipity Reviews

As can be seen from the attractive cover, this darkly supernatural mystery story will please many readers who love art and magic. Ideally, you need to be good at imagining strange settings, and slipping in and out of different times. It will help if you enjoy books where the point of view shifts so you can see the action from different angles, and you're happy with a complex plot.

The main struggle involves a raft of characters, all of whom are after a set of magical paintings. There are ghosts and skeletons and a cat that can see strange things - not to mention the weird paintings themselves. There is also a nicely drawn relationship strand - but it's not over-dominant.

It is the end of the trilogy begun with The Blackhope Enigma and continued with The Crimson Shard. I haven't read the other two - but I didn't need to. The author has made a great effort to make sure the reader knows the relevant events from the earlier novels. Similarly, although the contemporary part of the story has a Scottish setting, it could be read by any English speaker from Hawaii to The Philippines without confusion.

It is a story full of striking images- and this is further developed by the use of Teresa Flavin's own illustrations in the text. Other publishers take note - in a world of graphic novels and highly visual media, this really adds to the book as a whole.

Confident readers of nine and over who like unravelling mysteries and exploring eerie worlds full of artistic creepiness may well enjoy all three books in sequence.
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Ideal for anyone with an interest in art, alternative worlds, fabulous creations and a vivid imagination, buy it for your favourite young teenager.
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Exciting journey into adventure and magic 28 July 2014
By Betty Gelean - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I was excited to receive this book for review, but what I didn't realize at the time was that it is not really a stand-alone but rather the final installment in a series. That said, I did enjoy the book and fairly quickly adjusted myself to what may have gone before. This series, judging from this book, is a fascinating journey of magic and time travel that I'm sure juvenile readers will enjoy as I did.

There is some confusion in trying to read this single book without knowing exactly what went on before, although there are many references in this book to the previous ones, enough possibly to keep the momentum flowing from one book to another. Enough to clue the reader in to what went before, and how the situation came to be in this book. Not to say too much about what happened previously, there is plenty of excitement and especially so when it comes to Hallowe'en night and the school community party.

The main characters in the present are Sunni, Blaise, Maddy and Dean. Among the adults are the parents and Mr. Bell, who is mainly in charge of the party, Angus who is Mr. Bell's cousin and a former art forger, and the mysterious Munroe, who claims to capture spirits on film and is giving a performance of an magical projecting lantern, a strange shadow lantern. From the past, we have Fausto Corvo in 1582, a purported magician and artist who combines the two, Lady Ishbel once alive and now a spirit in the present and Soranzo who would like to get his hands on Corvo's paintings.

Enigma Night is being planned for Hallowe'en night at Blackhope Tower, the place where so much has (and will) happen. Sunni and Blaise have disappeared from that tower in the past and it has a great deal to do with a Corvo painting that is housed there. Why was there a labyrinth in the tower room, why did skeletons pop up on it from thin air, why and how did it disappear? Munro is setting up a display and talks about his wonderful find, the antique and magical Oculus, apparently originally commissioned by Corvo. Is it possible that Corvo's secrets are trapped inside? Why was there a labyrinth in the tower room, why did skeletons pop up on it from thin air, why and how did it disappear? The lamp is very unusual, but what is more unusual is what it does, something Sunni and Blaise will discover to their shock and amazement. What has happened to Mr. Bell, the art teacher who is mainly in charge of the party? He has disappeared. What causes the tower to begin to self-destruct? This book is full of fun, magic, adventure, and secret codes, perfect entertainment for the juvenile set. I enjoyed it to the point that I will probably obtain the other two books in the series, The Blackhope Enigma and The Crimson Shard.
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Five Stars 13 Sep 2014
By J. McGinn - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great conclusion to a very interesting series. I love the way the author sneaks in art and history.
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Delightful ending to the trilogy! 7 Sep 2014
By Kris Anderson - The Avid Reader - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
A delightful story. This is the third book in The Blackhope Enigma Trilogy. This is not a stand-alone book. It really helps to have read the first two books in the trilogy. The Shadow Lantern takes Sunni and Blaise back to Blackhope Tower at Halloween. Someone has found a magic lantern made by Corvo and they discover that the slides are magical. We follow their adventures into the slides with Corvo's enemies hot in pursuit. Cute story. This book is really intended for tweens (I probably would have read this book in the third or fourth grade). I did receive a free copy of this book courtesy of Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Program.
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