So, I recently read the book “Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box” by G.P. Taylor. It’s not the first book of Mr. Taylor’s that I have read. In fact, I’ve reviewed the three books in his “Dopple Ganger Chronicles” here on this blog. I’ve also read two of his Shadowmancer books. This book is one of his best. Easily better than Shadowmancer (which I enjoyed) and as good, if not better, than any of the Dopple Ganger books.
As the book opens we are introduced to our hero, Mariah Mundi. He’s an orphan (why are so many of the books in this genre filled with orphans?) who has been at a private school up until his 16th birthday. Now he’s been hired out to the Prince Regent hotel which is located on a cliff overlooking the ocean in the north of England. But even before he can begin his journey he’s given a pack of cards and a first class train ticket by a strange man on the train platform and told to tell no one. And the strange happenings increase from there. He meets the mysterious Isambard Black and stern but friendly Captain Charity on the train, the Captain seeming to know more about Mariah than he should.
At the hotel he is greeted by Sacha and finds out he will be helping her assist the hotel’s resident magician in his act. Things get stranger and more dangerous as he learns that he is not the first boy from his school to be hired here and they have all disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
This was a great book with lots of twists and turns. There are a few dark moments so I don’t know if this book would be perfect for every young reader but I think most will enjoy the excitement and adventure. Another note, I found out about halfway through the book that it is being made into a movie set to be released next year. Looking through the cast list I noticed that there were characters I thought important missing from the list. And then some characters I was not familiar with. I’ll be interested to see how it all works out. Regardless of how the movie turns out though, if you like adventure stories with a hint of fantasy, you should read this book.