Book Review: FESTERGRIMM by Thomas Taylor (Middle Grade Monday)

Title in white on orange and blue image of a giant robot chasing two kids
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: MG
Star Rating: 4 stars
Series: book 4



Book cover for FESTERGRIMM: title in white on orange and blue split image of a giant robot chasing two kids

When Herbie and Violet’s arch-enemy Sebastian Eels turns up in Eerie-on-Sea, seemingly back from the dead, it can only spell bad news. The town may welcome his entrepreneurial scheme to resurrect Festergrimm’s Waxworks, a dusty and defunct old gallery of spooky characters from Eerie legend, but Herbie and Violet are suspicious of his motives. And when they learn the legend of Ludo Festergrimm the clockmaker, creator of a vast mechanical robot that wrought havoc in the wrong hands, they KNOW they’re on the right track. But how can they get the residents of Eerie-on-Sea to believe them?

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FESTERGRIMM is another mystery in the seaside town of Eerie-on-Sea, where legends (unfortunately for the leads) tend to come to life. This time, they’re up against a very creepy waxwork parlour (and consistently go in after dark leading to some unnerving sequences!) and also giant robots.

Sebastian Eels is back and all the adults of the town are willing to give him a second chance (or don’t believe he needs one as it’s surely all just rumours.) But of course, the adults have all only been their for the end of Herbie and Violet’s adventures, which means the pair are on their own save for some animals companions.

Erwin also returns and more actively involved in the story than ever. And the trio gain some assistance from another animal source (though they also get as much frustrating thwarting too, particularly where food is involved!)

FESTERGRIMM contains the most unresolved items by the end of the series so far. While the main “what is Eels up to?” and “how is this legend going to play out?” questions are solved, there are hints that there might have been someone else around and also the “great treasure” at the heart of Eerie-on-Sea is mentioned more and more this book. I have a few theories of how these elements might play out in the next book (MERMEDUSA) and I do hope that one day the central mysteries that are in the periphery of the books will be solved, particularly as it feels like they’re gaining more prominence.

Read my reviews of other books by Thomas Taylor:

Eerie-On-Sea (this series):


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