A young card sharp hooks up with an orphan girl who plays with fireworks to defeat the evil forces that threaten 19th-century New York City. There is so much to talk about here, I could write a whole book about it. If Kate Milford hadn't already beaten me to it.— Sarah G.
Brooklyn, 1877. A man who once beat the Devil has settled on New York as the place to start his own personal hell, and it will fall to a young card sharp and a young fireworks maker to save both cities. With alchemy, folklore, and a fair dose of carnage.— McNally Jackson Kids
A crossroads can be a place of great power. So begins this deliciously spine-tingling prequel to Kate Milford's The Boneshaker, set in the colorful world of nineteenth-century Coney Island and New York City. Few crossroads compare to the one being formed by the Brooklyn Bridge and the East River, and as the bridge's construction progresses, forces of unimaginable evil seek to bend that power to their advantage. Only two orphans with unusual skills stand in their way. Can the teenagers Sam, a card sharp, and Jin, a fireworks expert, stop them before it's too late? Here is a richly textured, slow-burning thriller about friendship, courage, and the age-old fight between good and evil.