Oh, the Sly King, the Sly King, in his towers of ash and
Pikey Thomas doesn''t know how or why he can see the changeling
girl. But there she is. Not in the cold, muddy London neighborhood
where Pikey lives. Instead, she''s walking through the trees and
snow of the enchanted Old Country or, later, racing through an
opulent hall. She''s pale and small, and she has branches growing
out of her head. Her name is Henrietta Kettle.
Pikey''s vision, it turns out, is worth something. Worth
something to Hettie''s brother-a brave adventurer named Bartholomew
Kettle. Worth something to the nobleman who protects him. And Pikey
is not above bartering-Pikey will do almost anything to escape his
past; he''ll do almost anything for a life worth living.
The faeries-save for a mysterious sylph and a mischievous cobble
faery or two- have been chased out of London. They''ve all gone
north. The army is heading north, too. So Pikey and Bartholomew
follow, collecting information, piecing together clues, searching
for the doorway that will lead them to Hettie.
The Whatnot is the enthralling, surprising, and unforgettable
companion to Stefan Bachmann''s internationally bestselling debut
novel The Peculiar.