The Myriad Mysteries of Eartha Quicksmith (Pre-order)


by Loris Owen | Publishing 7th July 2022 | 9781913102876

Welcome back to Quicksmiths College of Strange Energy, where Kip and his friends must take a rollercoaster journey through time and space to uncover amazing new secrets and defeat old enemies.

With the Ark of Ideas resisting even Professor Steampunk’s attempts to learn its secrets, the team is at a loss as to how to fulfil the mission set by renaissance genius Eartha Quicksmith. But then a dream discovery and a freak accident sends Kip and Timmi hurtling on a dangerous quest through impossible worlds. Can they escape the Myriad Pirates, and can Leela and Albert help them unravel Eartha’s new riddles and find their way safely home again?

Full of adventure, invention, teamwork and a large helping of sideways thinking, this is an action-packed sequel to the first book in the series.


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1 review for The Myriad Mysteries of Eartha Quicksmith (Pre-order)

  1. Liam James

    So fun and exciting! After Ten Riddles, things at Quicksmiths get bigger and more deadly than ever. There are two main additions into this thrilling world of science marvels so mind boggling they feel like magic. First we have the Myriad, a series of parallel worlds, a multiverse. This has long been a staple of fantastic storytelling and is really well handled here. Travelling between worlds feels chaotic and dangerous but so very exciting. Secondly, there’s the dreamscape, and an invention that allows people to enter the dreams of sleepers. Both are introduced into the mad science of Quicksmiths very naturally, and they feel like a great fit for this world. Neither idea is original, on its own. Multiverses are seeing a new wave of superhero powered popularity and questions about existence in dreams have been famously asked by Lewis Carroll among, I’m sure, many others. But what Myriad Mysteries does exceptionally well is to combine the two ideas in a way that feels fresh and original, something I don’t think I’ve seen before, and this is a remarkable achievement. There are so many other things to like about this story. The relationships between the children, and their attitudes towards their remarkable school, feel strong and real. There’s an adorable and funny collection of animal companions to cheer for. There are horrible enemies presenting a very real feeling of threat, and a rising sense of peril and suspicion within the school itself that had me doubting and mistrusting several characters, both pupils and staff. There’s also one character I absolutely cheered to see turn up. Myriad Mysteries of Eartha Quicksmiths is exciting, dynamic and filled with puzzles and mysteries. I can’t wait for more!

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