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The Dark Flight Down

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The Dark Flight Down

Boy doesn't know from where he came, who his parents are, or even his real name. What he does know is that he grew up on the streets, struggling to survive. Then the famous and talented magician, Valerian, took him as his assistant. That relationship wasn't a pleasant one, though, as Boy was used and abused while doing the magician's bidding. When Valerian was tragically killed, Boy didn't miss him exactly but hesitated to mourn the magician. Just before Valerian died, Boy was told that the magician was his father. But is this the truth?

THE DARK FLIGHT DOWN picks up this story a few days after the magician's death. Boy is separated from his good friend, Willow, and is now living with the scientist Kepler. Boy makes plans to run away with Willow and start their lives over, but first he agrees to do an errand for the scientist. He goes back to the magician's home to pick up a lens, but is surprised to find the Emperor's army looting through the house. After claiming to belong there, Boy is tied up and tossed in the wagon with the rest of the magician's belongings and is taken to the Emperor's castle.

Boy is locked in the dungeons of the castle and eventually learns that the old Emperor is obsessed with finding immortality. This is why the Emperor had confiscated the magician's belongings; he thought the magician had in his possession a special book with answers for all things. Little does he know that the book is now in the hands of Kepler.

Meanwhile, Kepler and Willow team up to sneak into the Emperor's castle to try and rescue Boy. But resourceful Boy picks the locks and does some exploring on his own, discovering a well-kept secret hidden in the depths of the dungeons that just may have a connection to Boy's own past.

THE DARK FLIGHT DOWN resolves many of the questions left unanswered in its prequel, THE BOOK OF DEAD DAYS. This is an entertaining story, filled with adventure, mystery, and the shadow of man's inhumanity creeping about in the corners.

Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on September 27, 2005

The Dark Flight Down
by Marcus Sedgwick

  • Publication Date: April 8, 2008
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
  • ISBN-10: 0553487841
  • ISBN-13: 9780553487848