The Book of Secrets (Book 1)
Gabe stared in horror at the small book in his hand. The light from the low fire danced across its golden cover, setting off a shower of sparkles from the rainbow of jewels that adorned it. It’s beauty was dulled only in one corner, stained by a dark, spreading smudge of blood.
What’s the secret of the book, and why is it so valuable? These are the questions Gabe must answer when a dying man hands him a coded manuscript with one instruction: take it to Aidan. Gabe is hurled into a quest that takes him beyond his monastery home and into a world of danger, intrigue, adventure and unexpected friendship – a quest that will challenge everything he thought he knew about right and wrong.
A thrilling new adventure from the bestselling author of The Mapmaker Chronicles.
WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING
"This exciting fantasy novel aimed at the 9 to 12 age group will satisfy readers, and leave them wanting more. Its fast-paced plot balances a sensitive thoughtful narrator with his newly‑found‑rescuers-turned-friends so that by the time they all figure out the codes and clues, readers have been entertained and engaged.”
– Trish Buckley, Children’s Books Daily
"What an exciting series Tait has begun. With lots of twists and turns in the story, children from 9 and up will enjoy the escapism from reality. The author has a unique style with the ability to create memorable characters and equally exciting action. It will be a hit with both boys and girls as Tait has successfully created strong characters representing both genders. Being set in a fantastical middle ages, and the storyline representing a mix of Robin Hood and Rangers Apprentice, the audience can not ask for much else. Themes such as friendship, perseverance and adventure are strong throughout the book. A must have for the library."
– Kathryn Schumacher, ReadPlus
"This fantastic adventure story has all the hallmarks of a classic tale, full of twist and turns and fabulous characters like the band of feisty girls led by Gwyn who help Gabe reach his destination. I can't wait for book 2!"
– Kids' Reading Guide 2017-2018
"One absolutely top-notch adventure. It will appeal to both boys and girls and they will no doubt not only embrace it but be eager for more. Highly recommended for readers from around eight years upwards."
– Sue Warren, Just So Stories
"A.L. Tait has created a story and characters that are enthralling, exciting and individual, and I adored reading it, and am keen for the next book to find out what happens.”
– Ashleigh Meikle, The Book Muse
"Tait builds a believable and evocative middle ages world, rich in historical detail – think dungeons, danger, archery and royal double-crossings ... High on energy, The Book of Secrets is a compelling read with twists and turns to keep you guessing, and sets up a whole new exciting adventure for the next installment."
– Liz Ledden, Buzz Words magazine
"This is a terrific, fast-paced book for young readers filled with action and wonderful characters. I was hooked from the moment the dying monk handed Gabe a coded manuscript with instructions to take it to Aidan. And who or where is Aidan? Can’t say! Best of all, this is the first book in a new series."
– The Book Bird