Having barely escaped the revolution they had a huge (if accidental) part in causing, sharp-eyed orphan Mosca Mye; her guard goose, Saracen; and their sometimes-loyal companion, the con man Eponymous Clent, must start anew.
All too quickly, they find themselves embroiled in fresh schemes and twisting politics as they are trapped in Toll, an odd town that changes its entire personality as day turns to night. Mosca and her friends attempt to fend off devious new foes, subvert old enemies, prevent the kidnapping of the mayor's daughter, steal the town's Luck, and somehow manage to escape with their livesand hopefully a little money in their pockets.
In the eagerly awaited sequel to Fly by Night, acclaimed storyteller Frances Hardinge returns to a vivid world rich with humor, danger, and discovery.
In a story of non-stop action and incident, Frances Hardinge magically manages to fill in the back-story of Fly By Night, to which this is a sequel, and explain the religion of Beloveds, the politics of Toll, and the dastardly goals of the evil Locksmiths. Her description of how Toll-by-Day becomes Toll-by-Night rivals the writing of Neil Gaiman and China Mieville. (Reviewed by Judy Krueger).
Starred Review. [A] beautifully written tale, by turns humorous and heartbreaking and a sheer pleasure to read.
Starred Review. Readers will be thrilled she again gives this winning trio a chance to show their better natures while surviving (often causing) trickery, betrayal, fires, riots and social upheaval. Ages 11-13.
As soon as I got to know Mosca, the main character in Fly Trap, I felt sure that author Frances Hardinge was a unique and unusual person whom I would like to know better.
After a bit of research, I learned that she grew up in Kent, in the South of England, "in a huge, isolated old house in a small, strange village," and began writing stories about magic when she was very young.
Hardinge studied at Oxford University and helped form a writers' group there.
She is the author of four books:
Fly By Night (2005),
Well Witched (2007),
The Lost Conspiracy (2009), and
and she has published numerous short stories, including "Behind the Mirror" and "Halfway House." She does not go out without a hat, usually a black fedora, as she says she keeps her personality there.
Hardinge has one of the coolest author websites I have seen in a while, which you can visit at www.franceshardinge.com. In The Great Hall, you can find in-depth interviews with the author, see photos of her and her...
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