Synopses & Reviews
The day Sacha found out he could see witches was the worst day of his life . . .
Being an Inquisitor is no job for a nice Jewish boy. But when the police learn that Sacha Kessler can see witches, heand#8217;s apprenticed to the departmentand#8217;s star Inquisitor, Maximillian Wolf. Their mission is to stop magical crime. And New York at the beginning of the twentieth century is a magical melting pot where each ethnic group has its own brand of homegrown witchcraft, and magical gangs rule the streets from Helland#8217;s Kitchen to Chinatown.
Soon Sacha has teamed up with fellow apprentice Lily Astral, daughter of one of the cityand#8217;s richest Wall Street Wizardsand#8212;and a spoiled snob, if you ask Sacha. Their first case is to find out whoand#8217;s trying to kill Thomas Edison.
Edison has invented a mechanical witch detector that could unleash the worst witch-hunt in American history. Every magician in town has a motive to kill him. But as the investigation unfolds, all the clues lead back to the Lower East Side. And Sacha soon realizes that his own family could be accused of murder!
"Along with plenty of action, Mebus stuffs his pages with references to New York's history, draws most of the threads together in a suspenseful climax and provides a satisfying sense of resolution at the end." - Kirkus Reviews
"Moriartyand#8217;s novel is chock-full of period detail (both in the authorand#8217;s confident prose and Geyerand#8217;s occasional pen-and-ink illustrations), feisty character dynamics, and a solid sense of humor. Itand#8217;s a fascinating example of alternate history that leaves the door open for future mysteries."and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A marvelous, mystical romp that doesnand#8217;t ignore reality. A hint of a possible sequel whets readersand#8217; appetite for more: Yes, please!"and#8212;Kirkus, starred review
"Moriarty's thoroughly imagined alternate history has a killer premise...The mystery unfolds at a heady clip." -Booklist
"Spoiler Alert: Itand#8217;s awesome." and#8212;Fuse #8 Blog on School Library Journal
"A wonderfully inventive and fascinating story of the clash of ancient magic and early-twentieth century technology.and#12288;A compelling book that I read in a single sitting and highly recommend."and#8212;Garth Nix, New York Times bestselling author of Sabriel and the Seventh Tower series
"Fantastic . . . a great magic trick."and#8212;Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother
"Youand#8217;ll fall right into The Inquisitorand#8217;s Apprentice by Chris Moriarty."and#8212; Robin Hobb, international best-selling author of the Rain Wilds Chronicles
"Cory Doctorow told me I would love this, and he was so right!"and#8212;Ellen Kushner
Layered on New York is a spirit city inhabited by warrior cockroaches and children made entirely of papier-mch. Only 12-year-old Rory Hennessey can see this city. Now everyone is racing to find the boy who can change the destiny of New York.
Layered on New York is a spirit city inhabited by warrior cockroaches, malevolent subway trains, and children made entirely of papier-mch. Only one person can see this spirit city--12-year-old Rory Hennessey. Now everyone is racing to find the boy who can change the destiny of New York. Illustrations.
Thirteen-year-old New Yorker Rory Hennessy can see things no one else can. When a magician's trick opens his eyes to Mannahatta, Rory finds an amazing spirit city coexisting alongside modern-day Manhattan. A place where Indian sachems, warrior cockroaches, and papier-mƒch‚ children live, ruled by the immortal Gods of Manhattan - including Babe Ruth, Alexander Hamilton, and Peter Stuyvesant. But Rory's power to see Mannahatta brings danger, and he is pursued by enemies, chasing history and trying to free those who have been enslaved. And when he is given the chance to right Mannahatta's greatest wrong, seeing Mannahatta may not be a gift after all. . . .
Johnathan Strange...In New York! Itand#8217;s the early 1900s on the Lower East Side, and each ethnic community has its own brand of magic. In this mystical melting pot Sacha Kessler, a dirt-poor immigrant kid,and#160;andand#160;Lily Astral, the daughter of Park-Avenue royalty, assist the brilliant Police Inquisitor Wolf as he detects magical crime in the city that never sleeps.and#160; and#160;
About the Author
Chris Moriarty grew up in New York surrounded by a loud and zany family much like Sacha Kesslerandrsquo;s. Chris has published several science fiction novels, including Spin Control, which won the Philip K. Dick Award. She wrote The Inquisitorandrsquo;s Apprentice for her children so that they would be able to read a fantasy that celebrates their New York Jewish heritage. Chris lives in upstate New York.