In a German town, long ago, lives a tooth-puller’s boy called Klaus. It isn’t Klaus’s fault that he sees his master steal a diamond from the mouth of a dead man in Frau Drecht’s lodging house, or that Frau Drecht and her murderous son want it for themselves.
He has nothing to do with the Jesuit priest and his Aztec companion who turn up out of the blue looking for it, or the Professor of Anatomy who takes such a strange interest in it. No, Klaus doesn’t want any trouble.
But when he finds himself with the diamond in his pocket, things really can’t get much worse – that is, until the feathered man appears. Then they become a matter of life . . . and death.
The Feathered Man is yet again another extraordinary instalment from Jeremy De Quidt! While I didn’t enjoy it as much as The Toymaker I still think it is a bone chillingly brilliant book. I can promise that you will never have read anything like this before, it is so imaginatively different that you will be gobsmacked at the intriguing storyline and you really will remember it for a long time to come. Quidt’s writing style is fantastic, it hooks the reader from the off and the wonderful descriptors are richly vivid! The only thing for me was the pacing, I found that the book dragged a little in the middle and became a little repetitive in places. But all in all this is an all round great read that will give you plenty of chills and thrills throughout.
Klaus is a tooth pullers boy, who was living on the streets before the tooth puller took him in. When he goes along with his boss on a job an witnesses him take a diamond out of a deceased mans mouth, Klaus’ life becomes lets just say – very dangerous indeed.
Turns out everyone is after the diamond and they will stop at nothing to get their greedy paws on it. Poor Klaus ends up with the diamond and doesn’t know what to do but run. But things take a sinister turn when the dreaded Feathered Man makes an appearance and things become a life and death situation….
The ending is fantastic and leaves off giving the reader something to think about.This exciting storyline is full of danger, murder, intrigue and ancient curses that will have you on the edge of your seat throughout. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more works from the author in the future.
*Special thanks to David Fickling books for the review copy*