Marlowe, Paul. Knights of the Sea (The Wellborn Conspiracy).
Sybertooth Publishers 2010 254p 15.00
978-0-9739505-9-5 Fantasy VG
Elliott and Paisley are caught up in politics, murder and illegal activities. Victorian in style with references to classical literature, this adventure/mystery novel involving Mr. Strange has a dash of humor to vary the mood. For Pullman fans in grades 7-12. A rousing start to the second book in The Wellborn Conspiracy series. Elliott is in the process of being murdered by thugs of Mr. Strange, the villain from the first book in The Wellborn Conspiracy series. Elliott narrowly escapes death on his train ride to Paisley’s home only to find that a lazy summer will become anything but relaxing. It seems the evil Mr. Strange, who was thought to be contained, is now on the loose again. Full of humor and references to classical literature, this Victorian tale will appeal to action/adventure lovers as well as those who like a bit of fantasy thrown in. Could one of the girls be a werewolf who saved Elliott from a second murder attempt? What is the submarine device and how is it involved in the political intrigue? And what about the captured goods (lemons) onboard the smuggler’s ship that is commandeered to take the young people in search of a villain? Will the apparition of Ellen save them when their lifeboat capsizes? And will true love conquer all? Fun reading that will delight fans of Phillip Pullman and those who enjoyed the first in the Wellborn Conspiracy series. No knowledge of the first book is needed to appreciate this sequel. Grades 7-12.
Recommended where Victorian themed novels are appreciated. This adventure/fantasy will appeal to boys and girls who enjoy a little political intrigue mixed up in a murder mystery. McNicol, Lois