The final volume of the compelling debut trilogy, which combines mentalism, escapology and magic with exotic settings and an exciting search for identity.
Reeling from events in Barcelona, the reformed Mysterium circus company pack up and head for a new circus in Berlin. For twelve-year-old Danny Woo it is a date with destiny: it was in Berlin ('the city of escapes') that the last Mysterium performance took place, and where his parents perished in the mysterious fire for which Danny has been desperate to find an explanation.
Danny is closing in on Centre - the traitor who is either part of the Mysterium, or linked to it. But a vital last clue, left in code by Danny's father, is missing. And a dark figure is shadowing the convoy as it makes its way across Europe.
As the Mysterium pitches camp in Berlin, the snow begins to fall once more. The truth is within reach - but will Danny discover it in time enough to save not only himself but Sing-Sing - the sister he never knew he had.
Magic, mind-reading and escapology combine in this action-packed debut. - Bookseller
Great adventure story for the 9-12 year old. - Books for Keeps
Julian Sedgwick was born in Kent in 1966. A lifelong interest in the arts and culture of China and Japan has influenced much of his work - he read Oriental Studies and Philosophy at Cambridge, and between 2001 and 2007, travelled widely in Japan. He has always written but before focusing his energies on children's fiction, he worked as a bookseller and therapist. He lives with his wife Isabel and their sons Joseph and William in Ely, Cambs. Visit his website at www.juliansedgwick.co.uk.