‘Dear Mr Wright, I am writing to you as librarian of Hardacre Manor, Berkshire, about an extraordinary discovery that I have made on the estate….’
Followed the discovery of a collection of antique maps and notes locked away in a secret hidey-hole dating from the 15th century which seem to detail the whereabouts of the world’s mythical creatures, it would seem that intrepid explorer, Cornelius Walters, had travelled as far and wide as Columbus himself. The librarian who uncovered them is convinced they’re a hoax- surely these beasts can’t really exist? But the mysterious messages recorded in the log book in a cryptic code, the detailed maps and thorough notes seem to tell a different story.
The elaborate maps, beautiful illustrations and flowing script in this text really lend it a feeling of medieval splendour and sense of wonder.
The fascinating text details fantastical creatures from around the globe which makes it perfect for all fans of beasts and monsters. The inclusion of a hidden code is a great interactive feature, guaranteed to keep budding cryptologists puzzling away for hours.
A brilliant book that Newt Scamander would have been thrilled to get his hands on.
*Many thanks to Big Picture Press for sending me this title to review*