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Publisher's Summary

The eagerly awaited sequel to the best-selling The Glass Sentence - a historical, fantastical adventure perfect for fans of Philip Pullman!

It is the summer of 1892, one year since Sophia Tims and her friend, Theo, embarked upon the dangerous adventure that rewrote the map of the world. Since their return home to Boston, she has continued searching for clues to her parents' disappearance, combing archives and libraries, grasping at even the most slender leads. Theo has apprenticed himself to an explorer in order to follow those leads across the country - but one after another proves to be a dead end.

Then Sophia discovers that a crucial piece of the puzzle exists in a foreign Age. At the same time, Theo discovers that his old life outside the law threatens to destroy the new one he has built with Sophia and her uncle Shadrack. What he and Sophia do not know is that their separate discoveries are intertwined, and that one remarkable person is part of both.

There is a city that holds all of the answers - but it cannot be found on any map. Surrounded by plague, it can be reached only by a journey through darkness and chaos, which is at the same time the plague's cure: The Golden Specific.

©2015 S. E. Grove (P)2015 Listening Library (Audio)

Critic Reviews

“Brilliant in concept, breathtaking in scale and stellar in its worldbuilding; this is a world never before seen in fiction ... Wholly original and marvelous beyond compare.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

"A thrilling, time-bending debut ... It’s a cracking adventure, and Grove bolsters the action with commentary on xenophobia and government for hire, as well as a fascinating system of map magic.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“Stellar ... richly layered and emotionally engaging from the first page through to the intriguing cliffhanger end.” (BCCB, starred review)

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Great world, Good audiobook

Golden Specific and all of the map makers books are very imaginative and the world is extremely interesting. The story is also very good. On the negative side, the repetition of certain words gets a bit old and the performance is ok, but not great.

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Fantastic story!

SE Grove is a wordsmith who offers both a gripping plot as well as so many deep ideas to ponder and sentences constructed so masterfully. The ideas upon which this story are crafted are fascinating and often got me reflecting on the parallels of our own modern times. This author and series has made it to my top shelf!

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Great sequel to the Glass Sentence

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - already have.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Golden Specific?

There are many. It's exciting, beautiful, and moving by turns.

Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes. She is a superb reader.