Flyntlock Bones: The Eye of Mogdrod


Who could have climbed the almost impossible route to thieve Chief Fergus McSwaggers’ golden chalice? It’s Flyntlock Bones: The Eye of Mogdrod. The Black Hound has sailed the Frozen Sea to Boglands, sharing stories of Ice Pirates, with Fishbreath unhappy at their mission. It seems he has an issue with Chief Fergus.

Yet Fishbreath is soon roped into hunting down any available clues and thereafter pairing up with Flynn as they trek through ‘thick black mud’ to a trap. Where they arrive might change both their fortunes hugely, alongside leading them to the culprit.

Clever plotting, almost tangible setting and warm, rowdy characterisations make this series ideal for newer readers. Then there’s the fact that they’re so ingenious! Pirate investigators? The Eye of Mogdrod? Bookwagon loves this second title in the Flyntlock Bones trilogy, and looks forward to the third book too!

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Flyntlock Bones: The Eye of Mogdrod

Derek Keilty and Mark Elvins

(Scallywag Press)

Just as it seems The Black Hound is in need of new crew and a change of gruel a case appears. Chief Fergus McSwaggers of Boglands Castle is after help in tracking down a thief. Yet a journey to Boglands means travelling the Frozen Sea and risking the Ice Pirates. Furthermore, it seems that Fishbreath and Fergus have history…
The Eye of Mogdrod is the second of three titles within the Flyntlock Bones’ series. From the characterisations, humour, warm camaraderie and hugely evocative settings, the stories hook us in, rather like the best aimed hairballs. We saw how Flynn became part of the team in Flyntlock Bones The Sceptre of the Pharaohs. Now it seems the Captain is trusting Flynn’s quick instincts and keen observation skills. Certainly his ingenuity in working out how to negotiate with Grethel and then entice Mogdrod work to their advantage in the scheming they find in Boglands. Then there’s the fact that Flynn is quick to realise that he has a bargaining tool in The Eye of Mogdrod.
The plotting of pithy chapters, smellable settings, with illustrations of such dexterity, elevate this title and series above many others. It seems as though we can hear the conversations, arguments and battles too! So, who has stolen the Chief’s golden chalice? Are the crew outnumbered and out of their boggy depths? Can Flynn help Red? Will Fishbreath ever settle his problems with his brother (and make some decent grub?) Bookwagon is delighted to welcome The Eye of Mogdrod ashore to this landlubbing bookstore.

Listen to the author share the opening chapter of Flyntlock Bones The Sceptre of the Pharaohs


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