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The second novel featuring unlikely hero, Stuart Horten; a fast-paced adventure full of magic and mystery, clues to unravel and puzzles to solve.

Stuart Horten (ten, but looks younger) is now the owner of a magician's workshop - except that without his Great-Uncle's Last Will and Testament, he can't actually prove it. Which is a problem, since someone else wants it as well; someone who has a lot of money.

The workshop contains seven magnificent stage illusions, but when Stuart starts to investigate them, he discovers that each is the gateway to a magical adventure, with a puzzle to solve, and a clue to extract.

As the clues mount up, the adventures become riskier. Friendship is strained, danger looms, and Stuart has to decide what sort of prize he really, truly wants.


A gem for budding heroes

Amanda Craig, The Times

It delivers everything a good old-fashioned adventure should . . . A smart book for a smart young reader

Marcus Sedgwick, Guardian

A story fluctuating between humour and high drama . . . The first story about this likeable boy, published last year, came out to universal praise. This second one is just as good

Independent on Sunday

A great follow up to the previous story about Stuart, once again full of action and magical adventures. A fun and exciting read!

The Bookbag

Delightful . . . Each adventure is a mini-story in itself, and all the time clues are piling up for Stuart while at the same time the dangers mount. By the time Stuart investigates the last illusion, the reader really is on the edge of their seat . . . Evans is a talented writer. Remember the name and watch out for more

South China Post

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    July 1, 2013

    Corgi Childrens

    352 pages

    RRP $12.99

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  • EBook


    May 3, 2012

    RHCP Digital

    352 pages

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