An ancient painting, a magical labyrinth, and skeletons found in a locked room.
For centuries, Blackhope Tower has been shrouded in intrigue, centering on a labyrinth and painting in the Mariner’s Chamber. When fourteen-year-old Sunni Forrest visits the tower and sees her stepbrother, Dean, disappear, seemingly into the painting itself, she must find him and risk being drawn into the heart of the Blackhope enigma. This action-packed debut follows Dean, Sunni, and her friend Blaise on a journey to the heart of an age-old mystery.
Flavin’s novel is full of twists and unique characterization; these characters keep the reader wondering who can be trusted. The book is fast-paced and full of mystery and fantasy-a good combination for young readers. —Library Media Connection
The unusual premise is quite involving. Recommended for lovers of mythology and monsters, mystery and magic. —School Library Journal
An unusual fantasy…The two main characters are appealing, and a strong narrative drive propels the action. —Booklist
Sunni and her stepbrother Dean enter a labyrinth and are transported into the exciting-and treacherous- layers of a 16th-century Italian painting, where swashbuckling, map reading, monster dodging, and romance are routine. —Scholastic Parent & Child
This fascinating novel by a new author is a thrilling adventure of forgers, schemers and an artist who learned the secret of enchanting a painting and tried to keep his skill safe from spies who would copy his work. —Buffalo News