Lucy is secretly delighted after a surprise visit by Lockwood, who has asked her to support him and his agency in a special case. After all, she has not parted lightly with her friends. However, when returning to the agency as a consultant, someone steals the skull, she alone can communicate with. Soon enough, she finds out that, apart from her skull, other dangerous sources are being stolen secretly, too. They are not being destroyed in the Greater London Metropolitan Furnaces for the Disposal of Psychic Artefacts as believed!
So Lucy and Lockwood try to find out more about the masterminds behind this operation. But the attempt to get her skull back, turns out to be a life-endangering adventure. Is the stealing of the artefacts possibly connected to the terrible plague of ghosts in a little village in Hampshire and a subsidiary of the Rotwell Agency, one of the most respected supernatural agencies to combat ghosts? When Lucy, Lockwood & Co. set out to find out more about the background, they discover something gruesome.
This book is suitable for readers between 9 and 12 years of age.
The distinctness of the story’s characters, above all first-person narrator Lucy, is highly appealing. The creepy scenes are so exciting and fascinating, that the readers are glad time and again when Lucy & Co. are able to investigate their next case more or less unscathed. When reading the fourth volume of this exciting, scary and funny book series, previous knowledge is not necessary. But the prequels of this volume should not be missed.
Jonathan Stroud is the author of the New York Times best-selling Bartimaeus Trilogy, as well as Heroes of the Valley, The Leap, The Last Siege, and Buried Fire. He lives in England with his Family.