The Dark Flight Down by Marcus Sedgwick [Review]

dfd Midnight at the Imperial Court of Emperor Frederick III.

Well I did promise on Monday that I’d spend this year singing Marcus Sedgwick’s praises, and this is the start of that.

The Dark Flight Down, is the sequel to The Book of Dead Days, which I read and reviewed at the end of last year.

In the days following the harrowing conclusion to the previous book, Boy, has been taken in by Kelper and his friend Willow has been shipped off to an orphanage. It is clear, Boy, has much more hardship to suffer just yet.

Kidnapped whilst running an errand for Kelper, Boy finds himself a prisoner of the Imperial Court of Emperor Frederick III, subject to the whims and plots of the insane Emperor and his cunning and ambitious confidante, Maxim.

The Emperor and Maxim are after The Book, that caused so many problems during the Dead Days, wanting to plunder the books secrets for their own aims.

Kelper and Willow, must work together to help Boy, but what are Kelper’s motivations, and can Willow and Boy trust him?

As the story draws to a climax, all those involved have secrets to reveal and learn, and before the final night is out, lives will be lost, Boy will learn the truth about his origins and has to make a choice about this future.

I don’t think this one quite reached the heights of the previous volume, the storyline was not as gripping, and I felt the characters of the Emperor and Maxim, were a little too stereotypical. However, Sedgwick still conjures a satisfying and wonderfully dark and gothic atmosphere to wrap his tale in.  Perfect reading for a chilly winters night.

Buy: The Dark Flight Down by Marcus Sedgwick


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2 Responses

  1. Nymeth says:

    I’m glad to hear it was enjoyable even if it didn’t quite live up to the first book. I’ll have to keep The Book of Dead Days in mind for the next RIP.

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  2. Staci says:

    My son has the first book and I keep meaning to read it. Sounds like I really would enjoy it.

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