Ward is the most wanted person in Bareheep, but he has no idea why. Realising he will soon join the tar-covered corpses by the riverside, he falls in with the only person who can protect him from the long arm of the Brotherhood: master criminal Saint Nick.
Nick is a Kidsman – an organiser of child thieves. His empire of subways and sewers stretches from Parliament to the Wharflands. He has been obsessed with overthrowing the Brotherhood ever since they executed his parents; to this end he sets Ward the task of finding the fabled horn said to wake the Seven Sleepers.
Problem is, nobody has seen the horn in centuries. Nor does anyone seem to know what the Sleepers are. The Brotherhood claim they’re demons set to guard an ancient monster beneath the city. Nick, who has met the monster, has a different tale.
Ward and his new friends unravel the mystery faster than anyone expected, but in the end they must make a choice: help Nick destroy the Brotherhood, or stop him before he unleashes something far worse.
10 to adult. Also suitable for confident younger readers.
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