Ross Montgomery

Walker Books Ltd
United Kingdom
4 May 2023


Ross Montgomery

An edge-of-your-seat fantasy adventure about friendship, sacrifice and the true meaning of magic, from the twice Costa-shortlisted author of The Midnight Guardians.

A hugely talented and accomplished storyteller. Sophie Anderson

Evie is used to not being noticed. But when she meets the mysterious Wainwright, she discovers that going unnoticed might just be what makes her unique. Recruited into a secret magical organization, Evie finds herself at the heart of an ancient and magical battle. Evil is returning to the land, and Evie is the only person who can stop it. But how can she defeat the most dangerous magician in the world, when she doesn’t even know her own powers?


Cracking adventure from the wildly imaginative Montgomery. Daily Mail

Funny, terrifying, full of folkloric strangeness hiding in everyday corner, this sparkling homage to David Bowie’s Labyrinth is just as satisfying as last year’s The Midnight Guardians. Guardian

[A] whirlwind adventure. Daily Telegraph

Richly imaginative. The Week Junior

A quest like no other: Ross Montgomery is on spectacular form in this brilliant, edge-of-your seat story. Emma Carroll

Fast-paced and hilarious. Ross Welford

Deliciously creepy, wonderfully imaginative. Sophie Anderson

Very page-turny, with enough funny bits to stop it being too scary. Philip Reeve

All the hallmarks of an instant classic. Carlie Sorosiak

A fantastic adventure with shades of Jan Mark, Susanna Clarke and Neil Gaiman … A brilliant example of the best children’s fiction. Christopher Edge

Ross Montgomery is a true master of storytelling. Jenny Pearson

FLAWLESS. Witty, emotional, beautifully written, pacey, punchy, and a story that just keeps delivering. Nicola Skinner

A modern classic. Phil Earle

Rich in detail, humour and feeling. Ross Montgomery is a singular talent in writing brave and magical adventures. Katya Balen

Fantastic! A brilliant cast of characters … a whirlwind adventure and a fae world brimming with darkness, wonder and faerie tricks. Aisling Fowler

[An] enchanting masterpiece … Charming, hilarious and brimming with magic. Catherine Doyle

A tricksy, whirlwind of an adventure from start to finish with twists and turns I didn’t expect! Aisha Busby


Shortlisted for the 2021 Costa Children’s Book Award

Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month for Christmas 2020

Hive Children’s Book of the Month for November 2020

A Toppsta Children’s Book of the Month for November 2020

An enthralling, Narnia-flavoured novel with the folkloric feels of a Christmas classic. Children’s Books of the Year, Guardian

Beautifully drawn fantasy characters … a story of hope and love underpinned by witty humour. Daily Mail

A magical slice of historical fantasy fiction. i Newspaper

This lovely adventure story has the feel of a classic children’s book. Book of the Week, The Week Junior

Beautiful writing and epic storytelling. WRD Magazine

A real triumph of the imagination. Editor’s Choice, The Bookseller

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