When Prince Rodolfo's monsters attack her, Petra Kronos is spirited away to London. As she struggles to escape, Neel and Tomik sail the high seas, in search of her. Though separated by many miles, the three friends draw closer together in this sequel to The Cabinet of Wonders, called “astonishingly accomplished” by Publishers Weekly. Readers will not be disappointed in this adventure-filled novel that includes man-made monsters, the unraveling of a murder mystery, and the hunt for the Celestial Globe, which the prince of Bohemia will do anything to own.
“A fun and creative voyage with unexpected twists and energetic turns . . . . Rutkoski's creative imagery and beautifully descriptive thoughts create a world that you could happily get lost inside.” –Deseret News
“Rutkoski builds on what worked in the first novel and heightens the stakes. . . . Strong characters and fast-paced plotting let this compelling installment stand independently, but the ending will leave readers eager for the next.” -Starred, Publishers Weekly
“This book is a wonderful mix of fantasy, action, science fiction, and even a bit of romance. It is a real pleasure to find a book so smooth in its transitions. Though it is incredibly imaginative, the storyline is easy to follow.” –San Francisco Book Review
“The fantastical journey of Tomik and Neel, and Petra’s struggles with her captor, her education, and her love interest will engage fans of the first book and bring new readers to the series. An author’s note (cunningly penned by Astrophil, Petra’s clockwork spider) explains which characters and events are rooted in historical fact.” –School Library Journal
“[Readers will] be engrossed in a tale that is part mystery and part fantasy, with a reveal at the end so grotesque they’ll be clamoring for the next book’s release date. A true original.” —Kirkus Reviews