By Jamila Gavin
Doomed babies entrusted to the care of a villain…children sold as slaves, an aristocrat’s son disinherited when he refuses to give up a career in music – all these stories come together in this amazing story of adventure. Ages 10+.Tweet
It plodded along at first for me. It felt like a wide spectrum of different plot events and characters that I knew would converge at some point, but I did not feel like came into flavour until we had Alexander and Thomas stay at Ashbrook and the plot events started to unfold. From here the story gained momentum, and its style was similar to that of Joan Aiken to me.
I see what Pullman's review of it meant when he described it as 'a rich and almost Gothic drama', and it is a shame not more people know about its historical background. I told my own mother, who was appalled at the notion.
I am a lover of Gothic and historical fiction so this worked very well and its successful development in plot throughout made amends for its less favourable exposition.
A fresh take on Britain's involvement in the slave trade is the backdrop to this exciting story of greed, shame, secrets, family and friendship.
I read this book with my dad and loved it!! I think Jamila Gavin is a great author because she is great at describing the 18th century in Glousctershire and coming up with such an amazing storyline. I gasped at all the unexpected twists and cried at all the sad bits. This book has it all and is my mystery read book of 2020. I recommend to anyone over the age of 9. Great book
It has a very gothic feel to it but I found it quite lengthy if not a little tedious. I don't like it that much however it is full of interesting plot points and unnesasary aspects.