KIWI Magazine Review
This is a book in a series which can be easily read on its own without feeling like you’ve missed a story or plot line. Now, I have to admit that this type of book isn’t my usual cup of tea (evil stepmothers, cannibalism, etc) but I could not put it down. You find yourself rooting so hard for the protagonist (Rex) that you just want him to overcome all of the gruesome obstacles to find freedom and live happily. And, my, what obstacles they are. If you like a read with a side of grim, this book is for you.
The town of Opum Oppidulum is home to the freezing Lake Beluarum and its rumored monster. On an island at the center of the lake is an asylum; no one has ever escaped it. So how will Rex, whose father, Ambrose Grammaticus, has been imprisoned there under false pretenses, prove that Ambrose is not insane? And if Rex can free his father, will his evil stepmother drive them both to madness?
Higgins’ fans will devour this deliciously scary tale, a “polyquel” to her previous books, all of which can be read singly or together. But not in the dark . . .