Hailed as "a breakneck, jam-packed roller coaster of an
adventure" by J. K. Rowling, this New York Times
bestseller is the first installment in the explosive tween fantasy
series by famed Hollywood director Chris Columbus (of Harry Potter
fame) and bestselling author Ned Vizzini (It's Kind of a Funny
Siblings Brendan, Eleanor, and Cordelia Walker once had
everything they could ever want. But everything changed when Dr.
Walker lost his job. Now the family must relocate to an old
Victorian house, formerly the home of occult novelist Denver
Kristoff-a house that simultaneously feels creepy and too good to
be true. By the time the Walkers realize that one of their
neighbors has sinister plans for them, they're banished to a
primeval forest way off the grid.
Bloodthirsty medieval warriors patrol the woods around them,
supernatural pirates roam the neighboring seas, and a power-hungry
queen rules the land. To survive, the siblings will have to be
braver than they ever thought possible-and to fight against their
darkest impulses. The key may lie in their own connection to the
secret Kristoff legacy. But as they unravel that legacy, they'll
discover that it's not just their family that's in danger . . .
it's the entire world.