'Michael Pryor is the king of steampunk for teens.' Visual Bookshelf review
At a loss after finishing their exams, Aubrey and George travel to the Gallian capital, Lutetia. Aubrey is pursuing a cure for his condition, but his family have other ideas, and he's soon burdened with a royal mystery to solve, a missing ornithologist to locate and a spot of diplomatic espionage. These tasks should keep Aubrey occupied - but that would be underestimating Aubrey's sense of curiosity and uncanny knack of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Someone is stealing people's souls and turning them into mindless monsters. The country's magical lifeline, the Heart of Gold, has been stolen, leaving the city in chaos. And what is the connection with the sabotage of an experimental airship?
Aubrey, George and a somewhat reluctant Caroline are on the case . . .
“* Finalist in the 2008 Aurealis Awards, Best Fantasy Novel”
“* Finalist in the 2008 Aurealis Awards, Best Young Adult Novel”
“* 'Pryor is a master of suspense and vividly realised magical experiences.' Magpies”
“* 'Michael Pryor is the king of steampunk for teens.' Visual Bookshelf review”
“* 'How the author manages to weave all these strands together into a truly exciting page-turner is magic in itself! Unreservedly recommended.' Abbey's Bookshop”
“* 'Heart of Gold is great fun. The action is almost non-stop . . . Much as I loved the Potter books, I'd rather go out to a party with Aubrey than Harry.' January Magazine”