This is one of the most imaginative and captivating stories I have read in a long time. There is mystery, adventure and more than enough twists that I became caught up in Theodore Baker’s life, and could not tear myself away until I reached the conclusion of the novella. There are some intensely gothic elements woven throughout that I thought were just exceptional – described with haunting melancholy. The darkness, though, is leavened with some humor and a generally optimistic outlook. Theo’s sidekick, Frick, is quirky, loyal and eccentric – and a dedicated family man, too. I loved him! Beautifully structured, and carefully edited; this is a unique monster story that is also a delight to read.
A stay in the Derbyshire countryside should be the perfect rest for Theodore Baker. There he ought to be able to forget his wearisome secret duty and the monsters he hunts, at least for a little while.
But first he witnesses the peculiar behavior of a girl...then he hears of the girl's great-aunt, who was a strange and special woman, and about the ruins she used to visit on a lonely hilltop. Next comes a sudden death and Theodore finds himself in an unexpected dilemma. Monsters he can handle...but what about the rising power of a young witch?