Review - Myriad Mysteries of Eartha Quicksmith by Loris Owen
Review - The Myriad Mysteries of Eartha Quicksmith
by Loris Owen
So fun and exciting!
The Myriad Mysteries of Eartha Quicksmith is the sequel to The Ten Riddles of Eartha Quicksmith. You can find my review of the first book here. After Ten Riddles, things at Quicksmiths get bigger and more deadly than ever. There are two main additions into this thrilling world of science marvels so mind boggling they feel like magic. First we have the Myriad, a series of parallel worlds, a multiverse. This has long been a staple of fantastic storytelling and is really well handled here. Travelling between worlds feels chaotic and dangerous but so very exciting. Secondly, there's the dreamscape, and an invention that allows people to enter the dreams of sleepers. Both are introduced into the mad science of Quicksmiths very naturally, and they feel like a great fit for this world. Neither idea is original, on its own. Multiverses are seeing a new wave of superhero powered popularity and questions about existence in dreams have been famously asked by Lewis Carroll among, I'm sure, many others. But what Myriad Mysteries does exceptionally well is to combine the two ideas in a way that feels fresh and original, something I don't think I've seen before, and this is a remarkable achievement. There are so many other things to like about this story. The relationships between the children, and their attitudes towards their remarkable school, feel strong and real. There's an adorable and funny collection of animal companions to cheer for. There are horrible enemies presenting a very real feeling of threat, and a rising sense of peril and suspicion within the school itself that had me doubting and mistrusting several characters, both pupils and staff. There's also one character I absolutely cheered to see turn up. The Myriad Mysteries of Eartha Quicksmiths is exciting, dynamic and filled with puzzles and mysteries. I can't wait for more!
The Myriad Mysteries of Eartha Quicksmith is by Loris Owen and will be published by Firefly Press on 7th July.
I was given a review copy via Netgalley in return for an honest review.