Malamander: The Legends of Eerie-on-Sea #1
Walker, 2019 (2019)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
is a quirky fantasy that steadily draws the reader in. Aimed at middle grade to young teen readers, it's set in Eerie-on-Sea. Steady young Herbert Lemon is
at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, appointed by its owner, Lady Kraken. He has lived in the cellar Lost-and-Foundery for five years, ever since he was found on the beach, washed up in a crate of lemons.
mpulsive young Violet Parma bursts suddenly into Herbert's life through the cellar windows and draws the cautious young man into daring adventures. Violet's parents disappeared from the hotel when she was a baby and she's determined to find them, and to make Herbert help her do so. Herbert hides Violet, who is pursued by a strange hook-handed man.
he town has a legend of a
, a fish man who creeps around the wreck of the battleship
on Maw Rocks. The malamander's egg is said to make dreams come true. Violet and Herbert wander around town pursuing clues (the
supplies one), talking to an assortment of eccentric locals, and avoiding Boat Hook Man. They are helped by Erwin the cat.
ventually, their quest leads them at low tide into extreme danger on the wreck of the Leviathan ... where they meet the malamander. This story is strangely compelling and it looks like there will be more exotic adventures ahead for Herbert, Violet and Erwin.
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