Emerald Secret

Emerald Secret

Emerald Secret
Susan Moore

Nosy Crow Ltd

ISBN 9780857638267

Nat is perched on the prow of the Junko as it glides up the Thames one cold, drizzly night. London is to be her home for the next year, and it looks to be a strange and uninviting place after the bright lights and fast pace of Hong Kong. Little does Nat know that she and her dragon-robot, Fizz, are at the start of their second adventure, one that will see them become lost in the high-tech world of one of her father's games and seeking out a long-lost Chinese sword. Secrets that have been kept hidden for decades will be revealed and Nat will learn some startling things about her family, her future, and herself... The second installment of the Nat Walker trilogy. Cover illustration by Alessandro "Talexi" Taini.

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Emerald Secret5/5

Emerald Secret

Susan Moore

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Emerald Secret, the follow-up to Crimson Poison, can be read as a stand-alone adventure but will also be enjoyed by children who liked Crimson Poison. In the latest story, kickass heroine Nat Walker - together with her awesome dragon robot Fizz (it'll be every child's dream to have a Fizz in their life...) move to London to start boarding school, as directed in her late parents' will. But this is a London with a difference since the series is set slightly in the future. While you may recognise some of the city's landmarks, the Sliderboards. Grooveriders and beetlebots technology will be less familiar - as will the latest (Victorian) fashions. Nat finds herself navigating other people's demand of her, including the unlikeable Baroness Shiversand, while also coping with the loss of her guardian, Jamuka. Then Nat discovers what they really want - a mysterious, ancient sword that her parents have hidden so as not to have it fall into the wrong hands.... This is a fast-paced adventure story that has plenty of heart. Readers will be rooting for Nat as she navigates a new city - and unknown villains - with many a wrong turning along the way.... 232 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Sandra Hill.

Reviewed by: Sandra Hill