The Dark Flight Down
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The sequel to The Book of Dead Days and if Boy has finally escaped the clutches of Valerian, it is a momentary lull in the oppression: the cold, dead days linger, the action moves to the dungeons of the castle, Valerian has been exchanged for the mad, old emperor and the evil Maxim. Crazed grasping for power centres on the possession of 'the book' and its magic. Not much change then. But there's magic as the tool of the fraudster as well as this dark substantial magic. Fraudsters and the murderous phantom, move treacherously in darkness, snow and blood while the Boy tries to find his name and his true parents with only the kind Willow to trust. Penny Dreadfuls and the gothic lie at its troubled heart and there are a host of false trails and answers and enough skulduggery and plot shocks to keep the fans of the first book miserably happy.