A brilliantly written steampunk faery fantasy by a dazzling young talent, this is JONATHAN STRANGE AND MR NORRELL for kids, mixed with a dash of THE BARTIMAEUS TRILOGY...Bartholomew Kettle won't live long. Changelings never do. The child of a human mother and a faery father, he is despised by both his races. But one day Bartholomew suddenly finds himself at the centre of a web of intrigue and danger that spans the entire country. A powerful figure sits in the shadows, pushing the pieces in place for some terrible victory. Something is coming for Bartholomew. But when you're a changeling, there's nowhere to run.
"Bachmann's prose is beautiful, and his story is swift, strong, and entertaining. Highly recommended."-Christopher Paolini "In a vividly imagined alternate England where faeries and humans live in mutual suspicion, Bartholomew Kettle has the worst of both worlds. As a changeling, half-human and half-faery, his very existence is a crime. "Don't get yourself noticed" may be the most important rule for changelings, but that advice won't help the talented young author of The Peculiar. Stefan Bachmann's sparkling debut is sure to get a lot of well-deserved notice. He breathes fresh life into ancient magic."-Rick Riordan