Fans of both Percy Jackson and Indiana Jones will be captivated by the lost civilizations, ancient secrets, and buried treasure found in . . . . the Ashtown Burials series, an action-packed adventure by the author of 100 Cupboards.
For two years, Cyrus and Antigone Smith have run an sagging roadside motel with their older brother, Daniel. Nothing ever seems to happen. Then a strange old man with bone tattoos arrives, demanding a specific room.
Less than 24 hours later, the old man is dead. The motel has burned, and Daniel is missing. And Cyrus and Antigone are kneeling in a crowded hall, swearing an oath to an order of explorers who have long served as caretakers of the world’s secrets, keepers of powerful relics from lost civilizations, and jailers to unkillable criminals who have terrorized the world for millennia.
What People Are Saying:
"Wilson (the 100 Cupboards books) launches the Ashtown Burials series with this wildly imaginative and action-packed thrill ride.... Wilson balances these hyperbolic plot elements with measured prose and smart dialogue, while combining pulp sensibilities, cinematic pacing, and fully developed characters readers will gladly follow down the rabbit hole." -Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
"A gem. In an embattled world, where evil seems insurmountable, a glimmer of hope arises from a tooth." -Starred Review, Booklist
"This volume marks the birth of an extraordinary new series. Populated with well-crafted characters, peppered with mythological references, and brought to vivid life through Wilson's masterful storytelling, this book is sure to appeal to the adventurous spirit in all who delve into its pages." -Starred Review, School Library Journal
"Even at a hefty 400-plus pages, this exhilarating story reads like a breeze, and fans of adventure will have a hard time putting it down." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A wild fantasy romp through a creatively imagined alternative world. For readers who've reread all of Harry Potter multiple times, this will be just what the doctor ordered." -Kirkus Reviews
Nathan Wilson lives and writes in the top of a tall, skinny house only one block from where he was born. But his bestselling novels, including the highly acclaimed 100 Cupboards series, have traveled far and wide and have been translated into dozens of languages. He and his wife have five young storytellers of their own, along with an unreasonable number of pets. You can visit him online at ndwilson.com.
AUTHOR: Nathan Wilson
PUBLISHER: Random House
PAGE COUNT: 496 pages
ISBN 10: 0-375863-96-6
RELEASE DATE: August 7, 2012
More Books from this Series:
The Drowned Vault (Book #2): Cyrus and Tigs go hunting for the Dragon's Tooth again, but this time they uncover an evil more dangerous than a Phoenix that has been waiting for centuries to emerge.
Empire of Bones (Book #3): Cyrus and Tigs go far underground to the dark caves below Ashtown. This book is action-packed, and will leave readers breathless.