The Printer's Devil (Printer's Devil Trilogy #1)
The notorious inhabitants of London's criminal underworld are all in a day's work for Mog, the young printer's apprentice, who prints their WANTED posters. But then a real-life meeting with a genuine convict entangles Mog in a secret scheme that has all the crooks of the city at each others' throats.
An ingenious theft, a series of mistaken identities, and a chilling murder
The thing is, the endings weren't bad, but compared to the rest of each book they fell short. ...more
It just snowballed into catastrophe from there. I just d ...more
I found this boo ...more
But it just didn't hold my interest. After a second day of leisurely reading (I started this as a chaser to a non-fiction book just completed), it just didn't grab me, and I had a sneaking suspicion that I would rather read MT Anderson ...more
This YA novel was the first in a projected trilogy by the author. The trilogy relates the adventures of Mog Winter, a printer’s devil in Victorian London. There’s lots of action and a fairly intricate plot involving Mog and his trusty dog: killers on the loose, ships from strange ports, conspiracies by shady characters, etc. I suspect that the intended readers will find the story and characters fascinating, but the author – who works for BBC Radio 4 ...more
The book is fun and fast paced and effortlessly creates the atmosphere and feeling of the London it was set in - something of a cliché these days but still a pleasure to read (there is nothing ...more
late 1700s/early 1800s, Victorian London. 12 year old orphan Mog has managed to survive along with his dog working as an apprentice to a printer. Without meaning to, Mog finds himself in the middle of a mystery and a case of mistaken identity...
I think this book would appeal to readers who enjoy Dickens or Avi's "Traitor's Gate"
The Printer's Devil takes place in 19th century London. It's a YA adventure story about 12 year old Mog Winter, who gets involved in a dangerous plot involving thievery, deceit, and murder. The point of view is, for the most part, Mog's. Mog is a charming character wh ...more
Mog, our hero, inadvertently stumbles into an international drug ring and must both solve the mystery of the camel as well as extricate himself from the clutches of the evil-doers.
Thankfully the story is not as long and drawn out as the Dickens stories i ...more
"The end of the book is rarely the end of ...more
However, the plot seemed to never reach a climax. I never felt invested in the character's story. Part of this is probably because it is obviously geared for preteens and early teenagers and I'm in the late teens.
Some of the plot elements were really predictable to me, but there were some nice aspects as well, with a few hints of magical realism.