School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

Eight months after thwarting Sir Titus Dane’s tomb-robbing scheme, Edward Sullivan attempts to find himself by vine-mining in Lunae City. He’s been sneaking out of the house without his usual partner in crime, little sister Putty, but he quickly learns that he does not have what it takes to root out the beetle-vines. Dejected at failing yet again, Edward is pondering his future when he spots a thief rappelling down the wall of Lady Harleston’s enormous townhouse. Little does he know, this chance encounter is about to send him on an adventure even more perilous than the last. Not only has the notorious Dr. Blood returned, but Rothan Gal is missing, and there appears to be a traitor among the Sullivans. As in the first installment, there is plenty of action; readers will encounter saber-toothed spiders and shark kites, as well as sea serpents, mechanical scorpions, and the dreaded Apprentice. Somewhat lacking the levity of the first book (which was often provided by the shenanigans of Freddie, who does not appear this time around), the second installment will have readers questioning the ideas of power and might.

VERDICT: This fast-paced sequel exploring deep topics of power, corruption, family, and identity will find a broad audience.–Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York


If you loved the exhilarating Secrets of the Dragon Tomb, you’ll be very excited to know that the sequel is headed to a bookstore near you this month! The Emperor of Mars picks up 8 months after the end of the previous book and we find Edward and Putty faced with entirely new challenges that include missing Martians, evil Emperors, sibling rivalry, and even a bit of romance. The sequel has all the puzzle solving, adventuring, and humor you remember from the first book but turned up a notch to make this read even better than the last!

One of our favorite things about this series is Patrick Samphire’s incredible talented for painting a scene, especially in this incredible steampunk inspired take on the red planet.

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