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This review is from: A Tangle of Traitors (The Phenomenals) (Paperback)
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"Pilfering Picklock" Vincent is on the run, arriving at Degringolade - a place unlike any he (or anybody else) has seen. Here all is exceedingly nightmarish. Corvids feast on bodies dangling from gibbets, remains to end up in the smelly, ever-bubbling tar pit - their shades "wot won't settle" determined to rise again. Superstition is rife, inhabitants weird - their walking most odd, so determined are they not to step on cracks in pavements.
(This tale has no Chapter 13.)
Villains should not be crossed, as Vincent finds out when he tries to steal from one of them. Soon he is minus three fingers but with three unlikely young allies: a white witch, a nautical giant and a wronged heiress. Evildoers should now tremble: The Phenomenals have arrived!
It is all great scary fun, befitting an author who lives in a haunted house. Young readers prone to nightmares had perhaps best avoid. Others may well relish these lively adventures, narrow escapes a speciality. Prepare too for words never met before, this a community where the lucky few pedulate on a Trikuklos and where slumgullion proves nourishing.
Certainly different! First of a series too, which is good news for fans.
In short, Spletivus!