I RECENTLY FINISHED THIS ONE AND IT IS BRILLIANT!
The breathtaking fantasy adventure for fans of His Dark Materials that The Times calls 'Unputdownable'.
The City was built on a sharp mountain that jutted improbably from the sea, and the sea kept trying to claim it back. That grey morning, once the tide had retreated, a whale was found on a rooftop.
When a mysterious boy washes in with the tide, the citizens believe he's the Enemy - the god who drowned the world - come again to cause untold chaos.
Only Ellie, a fearless young inventor living in a workshop crammed with curiosities, believes he's innocent.
But the Enemy can take possession of any human body and the ruthless Inquisition are determined to destroy it forever.
To save the boy, Ellie must prove who he really is - even if that means revealing her own dangerous secret . . .
'Unputdownable' - The Times
"Enthralling' - The Daily Express
'Sumptuously atmospheric . . . tirelessly inventive' - The Daily Telegraph
'Gripping' - The Guardian
'Energetic and inventive' - Sunday Times
'Gripping and original' - The Observer
'Singularly brilliant' - Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars and The Mercies
'Compellingly inventive and unpredictable' - Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild
'A terrific debut of strange myths and dark secrets' - The Bookseller (Editor's Choice)
Twelve-year-old Willem has two important aims in life: to fly and to make two new friends his own age. But Finn and his gang of bullies are getting in the way, until one day Sasha Barton steps in to help. While the gangs on the Beckham Estate are rioting, and with the help of community worker Archie, Willem and Sasha form an unexpected friendship as they discover they share the same dream…
With themes including gang culture and bullying, friendship and love, combined with a brilliant mix of eclectic characters, this is a compelling and ultimately uplifting story about making the most of life despite its challenges. This was the first book I have read by Jane Elson and I liked her writing style so much, I am going to read more.