Ross MacKenzie


Thousands of years ago, the Evernight came to the Silver Kingdom and turned everything to darkness and chaos. It was only defeated thanks to the skill and bravery of the Witches. But now the Evernight is about to return, released by the evil Mrs Hester, and the only spell that might stop it is lost, deep below the great city of King's Haven. Then orphan Larabelle Fox stumbles across a mysterious wooden box while treasure-hunting in the city's sewers. Little does she realise she is about to be catapulted into an adventure, facing wild magic and mortal danger - and a man who casts no shadow . . .

Your reviews

Donna Ritchie, 9
Having read The Nowhere Emporium, The Elsewhere Emporium and Shadowsmith, I couldn't wait to set off on another adventure of my imagination, provided and powered by Ross Mackenzie's unbelievable talent. I was not disappointed.

Mackenzie's ability to put a fictional story at the forefront of your mind, staying with you throughout the day, is exceptional. Evernight follows the same pattern of descriptive language that emerged in his previous books. The skill of building an atmospheric and vividly written storyline, which has such an impact on the reader, enables Mackenzie to bring the character Laurabelle Fox, to life.

As Laurabelle's life challenges unfold, she journeys from sewer tosher to her discovery of just how important she is.

Evernight provides a rollercoaster of ups and downs from 'everything's going to turn out fine' to 'oh no, it's all gone wrong' over and over again; a place where white witches are controlled by a soul taker; hags who have been forced into the distance; and the element of fear of meeting Jack Shadow!

You become so attached to the characters that you will cry, laugh and hope more than anything that it will end well for them.

I would highly recommend reading this book. It is definitely 5 star.

352 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Donna Ritchie
Clare Wilkins, 9
The Silver King rules the sprawling city of King's Haven. With the aid of his Chief Witch, Mrs Hester, and an army of enslaved white witches, the Silver King's considerable power permeates the city. But a troubling phenomenon is disturbing the king - white witches are being enticed away by the hated and exiled Hags; rebels, who seek out those whose souls have not been stolen by the evil Mrs Hester.

As the Hags grow in power, the Chief Witch seeks ever more desperate ways of controlling them and with a Djinni now under her command, she seeks a permanent and deadly solution. Meanwhile, beneath the streets, 'tosher' Larabelle Fox continues her daily hunt for treasure in the murky and dangerous sewers. She and her friend Joe barely eke out a living but a chance find changes everything and when Mrs Hester finds out, Larabelle's life is soon in danger.

I loved so many of the ideas in this book and what could have been a complicated and convoluted backstory is neatly explained in a single chapter. It's a thrilling page-turner brought alive by some wonderfully Dickensian characters. However, there are some very violent and genuinely frightening scenes in this book and whilst I was hooked I would be careful when recommending this to some younger readers. Hugely entertaining and nicely set-up for a sequel but nervous readers, beware!

352 pages / Ages 11+ / Reviewed by Clare Wilkins, school librarian

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