A powerful book with a dramatic twist, from the bestselling author of the Bartimaeus sequence.
Jonathan Stroud was born in Bedford in 1970. After studying English Literature at York University, he moved to London, where he worked as an editor in a publishing firm. He is the author of the best-selling BARTIMAEUS sequence, which is published in 35 languages and has sold 6 million copies worldwide, and also of four other novels: HEROES OF THE VALLEY, THE LAST SIEGE, THE LEAP and BURIED FIRE. Jonathan lives in Hertfordshire with his family.
"A gripping novel of real originality . . . The careful setting-up, subtle delineation of character, meticulous observation of the castle itself - in some ways the story's main character - and the gradual increase in the pace and tension of this riveting narrative mark this as a novel of real skill and technique" * Carousel * "Packed with suspense and palpable tension . . . This compelling thriller is impossible to put down" * The Bookseller * "A brilliant book, evocatively written and full of sinister suspense" * BBC Parenting *