Call of the Wraith

Call of the Wraith

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Christopher Rowe is shipwrecked in Devonshire, where children are disappearing and a ghost is suspected, but even Tom and Sally's arrival may not cure his amnesia in time to help.
Publisher: New York, New York ;, Toronto :, Aladdin,, 2018.
Edition: First Aladdin hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2018
ISBN: 9781534428478
Characteristics: 494 pages ;,22 cm.

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ANNE FUAN ZHANG
Aug 03, 2019

ANNE FUAN ZHANG thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 18

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Apr 16, 2021

This fourth book in the series so far lays the groundwork for another book (which I found out via Bridget the Pigeon is in the works! Pre-order The Traitors Blade May 11, 2021.).

It's the slowest starting of the four, but it's a nice change of pace, and is in fact caused by what the author does to Christopher -- throws him overboard on the ship ride back to England from his mission in France and washes him up on the English shore suffering from amnesia.

In his quest to figure out who he is, Christopher is thrown into a plot by a local, greedy lord to sell the village's children to Barbary pirates as slaves. But I get ahead of the story.

Christopher wakes up warm and in the presence of small waif, a girl hiding under the covers in the same room. He recognizes witch's marks on the linte, warding off evil spirits, and still retains his apothecary's knowledge and training -- but he doesn't know who he is.

He's dressed as a Lord with lots of gold in his purse, which the farmer who discovered him and called the local healer woman to care for him during his illness, dutifully returns to him. And he hears a voice in his mind, one he can't identify -- but he desperately wants to.

The farmer tells him of the legend of the White Lady, who's supposedly stealing the village's children and making them vanish. Five are missing, so far. At the same time, this frightened girl shows up, half-frozen to death, speaking gibberish or at least, not English at all.

Christopher's friends, Tom and Sally, finally find him, but he has only snippets of his memories of them. The strange girl latches onto Tom and his sword like a drowning sailor to a life vest.

They approach the local witch, who tells Christopher he's the only one who can solve the mystery of the missing children and the White Lady, but not for the reasons Christopher thinks. And when they approach the local Baron for help, they soon realized they've stepped out of the fry pan and into the fire.

It's up to Christopher and his friends to save the children, regain his memories, and stop a pirate invasion of the village. With a little help from dear old Uncle Ashcrombe. (Hint, hint, wink, wink).

We loved this book, and like I said at the top, we sincerely hope the fifth reveals the Raven (intimated from Book 3 and this one), Christopher's greatest nemesis!

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