An extraordinary tale of myth, magic and the power of friendship, perfect for fans of Sky Song and Cogheart.

The City - mankind's last refuge in a drowned world, where Whale Lords reign and the Inquisition keeps the peace.

The Enemy - a dark power, ever seeking to take possession of a human body and cause untold chaos.

The Inventor - a girl living in the heart of the City in a ramshackle workshop overflowing with curiosities.

When a whale washes up on the City roofs and a mysterious boy emerges from its belly, the superstitious citizens assume the Enemy has come again. Only Ellie - a fearless inventor striving to live up to her mother's legacy - believes the boy is innocent. Thrown together with the young fugitive, now on the run from the ruthless Inquisition, Ellie must discover who this boy really is - and what that means for her own terrible secret . . .

Paperback, 320 pages
Published on January 2, 2020 by Puffin
ISBN-10: 0241384435
ISBN-13: 9780241384435
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  • emma-is-smiley
    emma-is-smileyThursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:08 pm44 stars
    This book is in adventure genre and it is very "twist-turning" and it should be very amazing. This mentions Ellie and her best friend Anna go and try to save Seth, who is a sea god, but pronounced as the Vessel.
    • alistair09
      alistair09Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 5:02 am55 stars
      In the last city in the world, the vessel roams the streets. Ellie and her friend Anna have to prove that a boy named Seth, who burst out of a whale, is not the vessel. Can the inquisition find the real vessel and stop it before it's too late? If you enjoy other fast-paced mystery books, you will be a fan of this book. If you are aged 10+ this book might appeal to you.