Author(s): Jenny Nimmo
A dark secret is emerging from Bloor's Academy. A boy was once lost in the attics and never seen again. In the same attics lives an ancient boa, once a wise and loyal guardian to the Red King until the king's own son Borlath captured and tortured him. For over a hundred years the boa has been keeping its secret, waiting for someone to bring it the comfort of understanding - and to listen to its story. There is no surprise that this person will be Charlie, descended as he is from one of the ten chidlren of the Red King. This third volume of the "Children of the Red King" quartet is richer in incident and detail than the previous two in the series, but just as readable and exciting, and with the same crackling humour. This magical fantasy series is recommended for those readers who find Harry Potter a bit too dark or too challenging.