Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Review: The Raven Mysteries - Lunatics and Luck by Marcus Sedgwick
Released: March 4th, 2010
Grade rating: B+
Join the wonderfully weird Otherhand family and their faithful guardian, Edgar the raven, and discover the dark secrets of Castle Otherhand. Solstice and Cudweed are appalled to find their father has appointed a new school master. But things get even worse when the grumpy, viciously mean teacher actually arrives. The Otherhand children are sure there's something more to him than meets the eye - the trouble is, who will believe them? No one it seems. Except, perhaps, Edgar.
My favourite family is back in the third instalment of The Raven Mysteries series, and they're just as crazy as ever, making each book funnier than the last. Ridiculous inventions, near-death experiences and a new teacher shake things up in Lunatics & Luck, and Castle Otherhand is a mad house once again.
Mr. Brandish, the children's mysterious new teacher, is a fun addition to the cast of kooky characters, and gives Solstice and Cudweed a new reason to cause havoc in their family home. Without Edgar the raven, all hell would break loose, the baby twins would no doubt be dead, and I'm sure Minty would have left Lord Valevine by now. I mean, how many more useless inventions can she take? One of them has to work soon, or I think Valevine will find himself rustling up a bachelor pad round the back of the castle grounds.
My personal highlight of Lunatics & Luck is Cudweed's monkey, Fellah, randomly appearing wearing a white wedding dress and smoking a pipe. It sounds ridiculous, it looks ridiculous, and Pete Williamson's illustration of the poor monkey had me laughing my head off for longer than I want to admit. It's occurences like this that make this series one of my favourites to read, and I will eagerly await each volume until Mr. Sedgwick writes the last story of Edgar and Co.