- By David Hayes
The first volume of The Greatest Cape, The Black Joke, has been described as a cross between Treasure Island, The Railway Children and Deliverance, by turns exciting, amusing, charming, alarming, winsome, violent and strange - a rollicking read for adults with a childish love of adventure, and for children who aren't afraid of a few long words.
In this third volume we find Fenestra, fanciful and flighty, out on a limb and feeling isolated. Even her best friends are turning against her, and no one believes that her old enemy is up to his wicked tricks again - it is a bit far-fetched, after all: why would anyone want to kidnap half the school? And she has to battle her own emotions, too - can she really be in love with a pirate twice her age?
This third volume will not disappoint those who long to renew acquaintance with a host of colourful characters, Wally Sabbage the retired buccaneer, Primrose Moon the reformed lady of the night, the Widow Dolphin with her unpleasant accomplices Mrs.Wheable and Mrs.Chervil, the cruel schoolmaster Edwold Merridew, Rosella Prettyfoot who wears big boots and knows how to use them, not to mention Lurk the dog, who has rather more to say for himself than the average mongrel ...