Also a performing arts enthusiast, she graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 2010. Also if you read the part in the first book with miss chaste she puts both her hands to her cheeks aghast but how can she do this if she is carrying a meat cleaver. While the details of the character backgrounds are sparse, their dialogue, their resourcefulness and their sense of adventure will certainly appeal to young readers, as will the myriad of inventions dynamos, flash bombs, tasers, chemical explosives and the non-stop action abseiling down buildings, zip-lining, roof-top chases, sliding down bannisters, fights with evil beings wielding crossbows. Despite the infusions of magic and steampunk elements, the really standout feature of the book was the way Webb wove the historical details into her flawless prose. But when Her Majesty's Government calls, Horatio swaps his microscope for a magnifying glass, fills his pockets with things that explode and sallies forth to unravel a mystery of a singularly extraordinary nature.
This is indeed written by and for a young teenager. Constable-turned-scientist Lyle gets a case: The Bank of England has been robbed, and an ancient Chinese plate has gone missing. But when Her Majesty's Government calls, Horatio swaps his microscope for a magnifying glass, fills his pockets with things that explode and sallies forth to unravel a mystery of a singularly extraordinary nature. Thomas was nothing more than a plot device to bridge the gap between Lyle and the upper-class society which he needed to infiltrate in order to discover what the Tseiqin were up to. Rich in action and character.
Catherine Webb Born 1986-04-27 27 April 1986 age 32 United Kingdom Pen name Kate Griffin Claire North Occupation Genre , , Notable works Timekeepers; The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle; A Madness of Angels Catherine Webb born 1986 is a British author, educated at the , , and the. Thrown together with a reformed i. All pages and cover are intact , but may have aesthetic issues such as small tears, bends, scratches, and scuffs. He's also an occasional, but reluctant, sleuth. Nursery rhymes are a connecting theme throughout.
Webb prides herself on the scientific and historical accuracy of her Horatio Lyle books, which have been acclaimed by reviewers and readers. About the Book: In Victorian London at the height of the industrial revolution, Horatio Lyle is a former Special Constable with a passion for science and invention. Happily, there are two sequels already waiting in the wings. I knew about his appearance, his house, his dog, his mother. Catherine Webb also writes fantasy novels for adults under the name Kate Griffin.
Despite the criticisms, though, I liked it enough for its setting and tone to pick up the next book in the series. But then at some point I noticed I don't really know much about him. I couldn't make it more than 3 chapters in so take my review with a grain of salt. Book 1 in the Horatio Lyle series. As another reviewer suggested, try Pullman or Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix if you want something in this genre that doesn't seem like a series of trite cliches.
Horatio Lyle, son of Harry and Milly Lyle, is an enthusiastic inventor and occasional sleuth. The climactic battle is fought amid huge explosions and massive electrical phenomena. The scene is London, 1864. Thrown together with a reformed i. At the Bank they encounter Master Thomas Edward Elwick, heir to the Third Baron of Elwick; Thomas is keen to be useful in the investigation, and this team of four soon find themselves involved in all sorts of escapades as they try to solve the robbery and find the Fuyun Plate before it falls into the wrong hands. He picks up a wonderfully competent and cocky young thief named Tess and the naive but resourceful scion of high nobility, Thomas, and together they encounter corpses, bloodstains, subtle clues, and sudden attacks from weirdly hypnotized assassins.
Horatio Lyle is Sherlock Holmes crossed with Thomas Edison as written by Terry Pratchett: witty, action-packed and perfect for fans of detective stories, fantasy stories and good old-fashioned adventure. Solving the crime will be hard enough - surviving would be a bonus. Solving the crime will be hard enough - surviving would be a bonus. Well plotted, dynamic three dimensional characters, with a charming cover… this book deserves so much better. The characters of Tess and Thomas, technically so integral to the plot, are severely underdeveloped, particularly in the case of Thomas.
Thrown together with a reformed i. Dimension: 197 x 129 x 21. This is another enjoyable read and young fans will eagerly await the third book in the series, The Doomsday Machine. As Claire North, she has written three science-fiction novels and three novellas. I found her description apt and enjoyed this as a quick, fun read. Makes one wonder what innovations we will look back and shudder at. The Tibetan Tseiqins are ancient environmentalists who see Industrial Revolution—era England as under threat from technology, specifically metal, which puts them at odds with the ultra-rationalist Horatio, whose personal god is Faraday and who tinkers with electricity, magnetism and chemical weaponry.