Synopses & Reviews
Dido and Simon are in danger in this new addition to the Wolves Chronicles.
Dido, back in England from America, is almost instantly kidnapped and taken to a derelict mansion surrounded by a deadly moat. The evil baron residing there, who is also a werewolf, wants desperately to know where King Dick is hidden. For the king is dying, and the evil baron wants to put his own demented son on the throne. Meanwhile Simon is with the ailing king. Not only does King Dick want Simon to paint a portrait of him and his family, but Simon is also next in line for the throne. However, they do need to find the coronet for the ceremony that will crown Simon. Though the coronet is rumored to be in the derelict mansion where Dido is imprisoned, no one can find it. It's one cliffhanging, hair-raising chapter after another in this tongue-in-cheek, devilishly delicious adventure.
"Sorrow and a magnificent bleakness suffuse this excellent addition to the saga....Playful, urgent and wildly inventive, Aiken's language is always potent. Readers with a taste for mystery and complexity will find much to savor." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Fans of the long-running Wolves series or not, readers won't be able to turn the pages of its wild, nonstop new entry fast enough." Kirkus Reviews
"There is much to like here, including a vampire and his nasty son, some Russian bears, and plenty of cliffhangers that lead from one chapter to the next....The last chapter...signals more adventures to come." Ilene Cooper, Booklist
"Energetic, imaginative characterization, suspense, and superb timing drive the story to a satisfying conclusion. Although titles in the Wolves series may be read independently, readers of the earlier books are the best audience for this romp of a Victorian parody." School Library Journal
Dido and Simon are back in this new chapter in the Wolves Chronicles. Dido is kidnapped by an evil baron who wants to seize King Dick's throne and put his demented son in power. Meanwhile, Simon, the next in line for the throne, is with the ailing king as they search for the ceremonial coronet.
About the Author
Joan Aiken is the author of over 100 books for children and adults.