A Blog A Day: Warren the 13th by Tania del Rio & Will Staehle

Meet Warren the 13th. He’s the lone bellhop, valet, groundskeeper, and errand boy of his family’s ancient hotel. It’s a strange, shadowy mansion full of crooked corridors and mysterious riddles—and it just might be home to a magical treasure known as the All-Seeing Eye. But if Warren is going to find the hidden treasure, he’ll need to solve several other mysteries first: What is the strange creature lurking in the hotel boiler room? Who is the ghostly girl creeping around the garden’s hedge maze? And why is the hotel’s only guest covered in bandages? Full of puzzles, secret codes, outrageous inventions, and hundreds of intricate illustrations, Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye will delight and confound readers of all ages.

What I Thought:
A little while ago I was sent Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods, plus a little snippet of the first book featuring Warren, Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye, and what fantastic books they are! Mostly I’ll be referring to The Whispering Woods, as I have read that in full, but from the short extract I had of book one, they are both exciting, fun-filled adventure books for kids (and actually grown-ups too).

Both books are easy to follow for all ages, and feature a host of mysterious characters and puzzles to keep a young mind active and engaged. Alongside the story, though, are some beautiful illustrations that really support what is going on – I decided upon reading that I must buy the books, as the illustrations were obviously not finished as they stop half way through the proof I received! The illustrations are such a big part of the book that it was hard to carry on without them – I can’t wait to see them in the finished copies.

There are some scary moments, which might be worrisome for younger children, but on the whole Warren’s adventures are thoroughly enjoyable and compulsive reading!

For more information on Warren the 13th, take a look at the Warren the 13th website. You can also connect with Tania del Rio and Will Staehle on Twitter.

Warren the 13th and The Whispering Woods was published by Quirk Books on 21st March 2017 and is available in hardcover or on Kindle.

Note: I was sent copies of the books in return for an honest review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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