In this exceptional, sprawling novel, French author de Fombelle builds a layered tale around his mysterious protagonist, one full of humor and memorable characters. Part fantasy, part adventure, part historical novel, the story of Vango’s flight across Europe and the smart young women that populate his life will be sure to thrill fans of Kenneth Oppel and win de Fombelle many enthusiasts of his own.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Thrilling… With numerous characters and a winding and often complicated story, this breathtaking tale is guaranteed to keep teens on the edge of their seats, and will appeal to confident readers who enjoy intricately plotted tales.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
The story’s got all the classic elements of swashbuckling adventure tales like The Count of Monte Cristo. … Beautiful writing, intricate plotting, and breathless reveals—plus several plucky female leads—make this a must-read.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
French author de Fombelle has written a brilliant, wonderfully exciting story of flight and pursuit, filled with colorful characters and head-scratching mystery. As the novel proceeds, the suspense is ratcheted up to breathtaking levels as the boy remains only one step ahead of his relentless pursuers. This reminds even the most jaded readers of the abiding pleasures of a compelling, page-turning story.
—Booklist (starred review)
Playwright de Fombelle is a master of the perfectly honed scene, and the action speeds by with theatrical flair and crafty sleight of hand that will be particularly appreciated by teens who relish foreign and indie films. … This intriguing imported thriller demands a sequel.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
Unusual and captivating.
—The Horn Book