From London’s vilest slums to its grandest palaces, Wild Boy and Clarissa hunt a murderous poisoner in hope of proving themselves to a skeptical society.
London, 1842. Wild Boy, master detective and former freak-show performer, and Clarissa, circus acrobat and troublemaker, are the secret last hope of a city beset by horror. A poisoner stalks the streets, leaving victims mad with terror—and then dead. Can the Black Terror be traced to a demon called Malphas? With their partnership threatened by rules and regulations, can Wild Boy and Clarissa uncover a cure in time to save the queen and the city?
It’s a thrilling, gory, head-rushing adventure. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
More than just a whodunnit, Wild Boy & the Black Terror explores themes of friendship, loyalty, and alienation…. This book is a recommended purchase where the first book was popular. —VOYA
The enticing pace, appealingly macabre locations, and steampunk-tinged Dickensian atmosphere is engrossing … Kids who liked Christopher Edge’s penny-dreadful-style Twelve Minutes to Midnight (2012) will likely love this, too. —Booklist
This historical adventure is a fast-paced and exciting read. —School Library Journal