“Some people think opening a book is a simple thing. It’s not. Most people don’t realise that you can get truly lost in a book. You can. Especially you”
The first in the thrilling and magical Worldquake Sequence from Scarlett Thomas, author of the bestselling adult novel The End of Mr Y
IF YOU HAD SECRET MAGICAL POWERS, HOW WOULD YOU KNOW?
After the Worldquake, Effie knows about magic - time in her grandfather’s library has made sure of that. But there’s still much she has to learn. About the Otherworld. And about the Diberi, a secret organisation with plans to destroy the entire universe.
Effie and her school-friends are the only ones who can stop them … and time is running out.
“The most exciting debut in children’s fiction since HARRY POTTER. Immersive, engaging, original; delightful in its details (a bun shop that serves as a portal to Otherworld; a library of Last Editions; a Princess School in which girls are trained to be appealing to dragons); playful, warm and yet thrilling, too” JOANNE HARRIS
“An entrancing novel that stands on its prose … set in a dystopian future after a massive quake has annihilated modern technology … She is far too inventive a writer ever to let us feel we’ve been here before” Daily Telegraph
This tale of magical education is a cracker … has its own distinctive style” Guardian
“Superb fantasy *****” Sunday Telegraph
“Lively, inventive, phrase-making fantasy … revels in evocative spells, names and descriptions of quaint shops, fabulous food and delicious interiors … has something of J.K. Rowling’s capacity to delight” Sunday Times