Publication Date: 9th January 2020
Cover and illustrations, including map, by Becca Stadtlander
The prologue launches us straight into a strange, shadowy world that instantly has the feel of a Frankenstein/Bond villanesque setting, before we are reunited with our beloved characters heading to New York for New Year’s Eve and reunions of their own in a world that is moving on from clockwork and steam power.
A dark, desperate and deadly mystery draw our heroes into a danger deeper and more emotional than any they have encountered so far in the final, fantastic Cogheart Adventure.
Whether sailing above the clouds, riding the rails, dashing about the luxury hotel or the frozen streets of 19th century New York, or in the depths of the ocean, every aspect of the steampunk world is utterly believable, and inhabited by compelling characters with daring children whose enthusiasm, friendship and empathy draw you into their circle.
Dealing with loss and grief, Shadowsea deftly navigates the twists of emotions felt by the characters without ever letting the action and suspence dwindle. The power of love, family and true friends are what keep our hearts beating through the darkest troubles, regardless of where that heart comes from or what it’s been through.
As with all of the Cogheart Adventures, Shadowsea can be read on it’s own, but is best enjoyed after reading the whole series.
It was with mixed feelings that I reentered the Cogheart world – I couldn’t wait to go adventuring once more with Lily, Robert and Malkin, but knowing it would be our final trip together tinged the excitement with a hint of sadness. But, all of the best adventures do eventually come to an end, and I can’t wait to enter whatever new world Peter weaves for us next.