Publication date: January 5th 2016
When Grubb, an orphan and runaway chimney sweep, entered the wondrous world of the Odditorium, his life changed forever. Apprenticed to the mechanical marvel’s strange proprietor, Alistair Grim, Grubb unfortunately must settle into his new position on the lam, as the whole of London is convinced that Alistair Grim is a villain bent on mass destruction. Grim, however, has come up with a plan to expose the real villain: Prince Nightshade, a wicked necromancer who wants the Odditorium’s power source for himself.
With the evil prince hot on their trail, Grim, Grubb and the rest of the Odditorium's crew embark on a perilous adventure to find the legendary sword Excalibur: the only weapon capable of penetrating Nightshade's magical suit of armor. As expected, their quest turns out to be anything but ordinary. Not only can the Odditorium fly, but it can also swim! And so the crew battens down the hatches and sets off on an underwater voyage to the otherworldly realm of Avalon, home to Excalibur. Along the way, they must battle a banshee assassin, sea monsters, and a witch who seeks revenge on Alistair Grim for stealing her magical objects.
But that’s not all. Unbeknownst to Grubb and the others, their fate has been written in an ancient Avalonian prophecy—a prophecy that holds the key to a destiny not even Alistair Grim could have possibly imagined.
This was a blast. My son and I hated to see this book end.
This is steampunk for middle grade readers, but older individuals who are still a kid at heart will love this. The cast of unusual character's are amazing. This is a Disnay novel, and it really felt like it. As a kid I loved Disney. This would have been a childhood favorite of mine. The adventure was amazing, the characters are so unique, and I loved the pacing of the story. There were no slow, long winded parts of this story.
It is really a shame that the publication date is set for January 2016. I would have loved to buy this, and the first book in this series, as Christmas gifts.
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.