I even liked the title more by the end. I think I would have liked it better at about age 10 -12, despite the extensive use of polysyllabic words I've been capable of such since I was 8. Plus it was just fun to read, all these new, excellent and carefully chosen words! This is a putrid place full of Wraiths - the traitors and murderers who have drowned in its bubbling depths. Into this dark and dismal place comes Victor - a boy to whom everything is free for the taking. I love steampunk and all things related, but this book gave no explanation of weird and wonderful terms or machines or people. I think I would have liked the characters to have been a bit more developed. The depiction of the tar pits and Vincent's encounter with the torture chair were both gripping and enthralling to read.
It was certainly an exciting platform for the start of her writing career - a book that made me into a huge fan. The next motley crew include Edgar brother to Citrine evil and heartless Leopold Kamptulicon, who hangs out with his old pal - a Lurid ghost who has risen from the tar pits. Oh , and the slang annoyed me - saying nanyone for no-one, nany for not any, etc. I found myself just struggling to understand it that I found I wasn't enjoying the story that was going on in the background. In the twisted town of Degringolade, the famous tar pits bubble and spew forth the bones of hanged traitors, murderers and brigands, left there to rot for their crimes. I say I've read this but I wasn't able to finish it as I was so confused by everything that I gave up. Higgins new book was not going to be 'a Tale from the Sinister City' but I loved those so much there's no way I wasn't going to read 'The Phenomenals'.
I'm a bit gutted about that. In fact, the language Higgins uses like the names she picks for her characters is the one thing I really noticed above all other when reading The Phenomenals. A Tangle of Traitors The Phenomenals 1 Author s : Share A twisted adventure of intrigue, magic and superstition from the bestselling F. From the very first page, you will note the interesting use of words and, at times, experimental vocabulary that conjures up a flavour to this unusual adventure. He definately seems to be the favourite, unless this is a series where each book revolves mostly around one of the main characters. From the author of The Black Book of Secrets, this is a story set in a Steampunk city of Deringolade. Folly is a secretive character, living in a burial vault, and very knowledgeable about the Lurids.
It is said that when the moon is at its apogee the Lurids will break free of their tarry shackles and satisfy their bloodlust once more. I think I would have liked it better at about age 10 -12, despite the extensive use of polysyllabic words I've been capable of such since I was 8. With this story we are thrown into a great twisted adventure full of eerie and somewhat macabre comings and goings that I have come to expect from this author. Higgins has been fascinated by the macabre ever since seeing a ghostly apparition as a child. The Giant, the Huntress, the Rich Girl, the Thief: these haphazard heroes will save us from grief. Vincent is an outsider, an expert thief and pickpocket. To him the people of Degringolade seem stupid and rich and ripe for robbing.
Again, I would have found that funny when I was 11. Down in the tar pits, an unlikely new alliance is being formed: they call them The Phenomenals, and only they can save us from a hideous fate that will befall the town. However, they certainly added to the interest of the story and the plot. An unlikely alliance between a pickpocket, an heiress, a hunter and a sailor is forged by coincidence — or was it the cards? The Phenomenals is a new fantasy series from F. It is a macabre world where tarot cards reveal the truth, where a tar pit holds the seething spirits of the wrongfully executed and where everything seems slightly fami This is a lot of fun. Meet The Phenomenals: Citrine Capodel - heiress to a corrupt empire and framed for a murder she did not commit; Folly Harpelaine - a merciless destroyer of Lurids, who dabbles in the dark arts; Jonah Scrimshander - a deadly harpoonist, who has already cheated death, and Vincent Verdigris - light-fingered and even lighter on his feet.
I was quite sad when I heard F. Maybe I'll give it another try another day. In the shadows of this putrid place, an unlikely new alliance is being formed: they call them The Phenomenals, and only they can save us from a hideous fate that will befall the town if the wraiths escape their tarry shackles. Higgins, and it starts with A Tangle of Traitors. From the very first I remember being gripped many years ago by this author's debut book 'The Black Book Of Secrets'.
They trip, slide, hiss, roll and snap off the tongue, like a syllable playground if a spellchecker nightmare. I'd recommend this book to anyone and can't wait for the next one in what promises to be a great ongoing series. Meet The Phenomenals: Citrine Capodel - heiress to a corrupt empire and framed for a murder she did not commit; Folly Harpelaine - a merciless destroyer of Lurids, who dabbles in the dark arts; Jonah Scrimshander - a deadly harpoonist, who has already cheated death, and Vincent Verdigris - light-fingered and even lighter on his feet. I particularly enjoyed this aspect of the writing. It has a very similar setting and feel to her earlier books but there is a touch more fantasy to it, the undead make an appearance and there is a hint of magic about the place. After finishing it, I was looking forward to the nex I, like a few others who submitted reviews, was a bit thrown off by the title of this book and the cover.
This is now her sixth book to have been published and the start of a new series. Jonah is a harpoonist who keeps to himself after being swallowed by a whale. Higgins Don't go down to the tar pits, children -- for their shores are lined with the wretched wraiths of all the traitors and murderers who have drowned in its bubbling depths. Meet The Phenomenals: Citrine Capodelheiress to a corrupt empire who will seek the truth at any cost; Folly Harpelainea merciless destroyer of the ghastly entities called Lurids, who dabbles in the dark arts; Jonah Scrimshandera deadly harpoonist, who has already cheated death; and Vincent Verdigrisa brazen-faced, metal-handed cutpurse and expert picklock. Although the imaginative elements, at times, were very creepy. There are even some nice steampunky elements in the mix.