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Gustav Gloom and the Nightmare Vault #2

Gustav Gloom and the Nightmare Vault #2

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by Adam-Troy Castro, Kristen Margiotta (Illustrator)

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Hugo Award nominee Adam-Troy Castro’s exciting new world full of shadows and mystery grows in book 2 of the Gustav Gloom series. In Gustav Gloom and the Nightmare Vault, Fernie and Gustav find themselves battling another shadowy foe—The Shadow Eater. He is after one thing, The Nightmare Vault, which his master, the evil Lord Obsidian will use


Hugo Award nominee Adam-Troy Castro’s exciting new world full of shadows and mystery grows in book 2 of the Gustav Gloom series. In Gustav Gloom and the Nightmare Vault, Fernie and Gustav find themselves battling another shadowy foe—The Shadow Eater. He is after one thing, The Nightmare Vault, which his master, the evil Lord Obsidian will use to unleash the most terrifying and threatening shadows into the world. As Fernie and Gustav race to stop the Shadow Eater, Fernie learns about Gustav's mysterious past and just what happened to his missing parents.

Featuring a unique paper-over-board cover and beautifully dark full page illustrations by Kristen Margiotta, Gustav Gloom is sure to be a hit with fans who, like Fernie, love a little darkness in their lives.

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Children's Literature - Denise Hartzler
In book two of the "Gustav Gloom" series, Adam-Troy Castro brings readers back to that dark, strange house where Gustav lives alone. This time with his friend Fernie by his side, they find themselves racing through rooms Fernie did not know existed in the manor but more importantly racing against the shadow eater. The shadow eater is after the Nightmare Vault. The shadow eater works for the evil Lord Obsidian who Fernie has yet to meet. He is a powerful tyrant who is fighting a war to take over the Dark Country, which will allow him to conquer the world of people. Lord Obsidian snatches both people and shadows. When Fernie learns of this tyrant she quickly notices that Gustav's shadow is no longer with him. So where are all the shadows? Has the evil Lord Obsidian snatched them or are they too late and the shadow eater is capturing them? Working together as a team to solve the mystery of just who the shadow eater was, will Gustav and Fernie be able to find the Nightmare Vault before it's too late? An engaging story for reluctant readers or for readers who like age-appropriate suspense. Along with easy sentences and a fast paced plot are Margiotta's illustrations of the young gothic like characters, which give readers a glimpse of the emotion that Gustav and Fernie are either feeling or will be feeling by the end of the chapter. Reviewer: Denise Hartzler
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—In this sequel to Gustav Gloom and the People Taker (Grosset & Dunlap, 2012), the protagonist and his friend, Fernie, are facing a new and terrible foe named October. He is especially dangerous to Gustav and his family of living shadows because he is a shadow eater. Readers learn more about Gustav and his family, the history of his home, and the dangers facing everyone should October, disguised as a creepy ice-cream salesman, obtain the Nightmare Vault. As Fernie and Gustav move through the Gloom Mansion, more and more truths of Gustav's past are revealed to them, including the fate of his missing parents. Margiotta's illustrations, complete with large emotive eyes, are a delightful addition to the opening of each chapter. The climax is predictable, and there are places where the author spends a great deal of time giving exposition rather than showing action, but the plot is likely to engage reluctant readers with a taste for the strange and unusual.—Wayne R. Cherry, Jr., First Baptist Academy Library, Houston, TX
Kirkus Reviews
In a sequel that cycles around the same track as the opener, Castro sheds light on the past and nature of the aptly named Gloom mansion and the saturnine lad who lives there alone with armies of animate shadows. Just as in Gustav Gloom and the People Taker (2012), Fernie What, recently moved into the house across the street, joins her new friend Gustav in a long flight through the eerie mansion's seemingly endless halls and rooms. They are pursued this time by October, a relentless shadow- (and people-) eating creature disguised as a decrepit ice-cream man (spooky!) who is after the hidden, ominously named Nightmare Vault. Despite quick visits to a Gallery of the Almost Famous, a prison for evil shadows and like quirky locales, the chase turns tedious as the children pass through dozens of doorways and up or down more dozens of flights of stairs on the way to a climactic, predictably resolved face-off. Along the way, between moments of contrived melodrama, Gustav drops needlessly strung-out revelations that explain the house's origins, his lack of parents and other mysteries. A die-cut cover scene and Margiotta's chapter-head views of huge-eyed gamins posing in canted settings add to the pervasive air of strangeness, but it's still a slog. (Fantasy. 10-12)

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Gustav Gloom Series
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Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)
1010L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Adam-Troy Castro has said in interviews that he likes to jump genres and styles, and has therefore refused to ever stay in place long enough to permit the unwanted existence of a creature that could be called a "typical" Adam-Troy Castro story. As a result, his short works range from the wild farce of his "Vossoff and Nimmitz" tales to the grim Nebula nominee, "Of A Sweet Slow Dance In The Wake Of Temporary Dogs." His twenty prior books include a nonfiction analysis of the Harry Potter phenomenon, four Spider-Man adventures, and three novels about his interstellar murder investigator Andrea Cort (among them the winner of the Philip K. Dick award, EMISSARIES FROM THE DEAD). Adam's other award nominations include six Nebulas, two Hugos, and two Stokers. Adam lives in Miami with his wife, Judi, and three insane cats named Uma Furman, Meow Farrow, and Harley Quinn.

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Gustav Gloom and the Nightmare Vault #2 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twists and turns on every page keep the kids wanting to read longer. The series is excellent. 2nd & 6th grade boys loved it. A nice reminder that good friends come in all shapes and sizes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Gustave Gloom seiries has been an absulute adventure to read. And I think ather yong readers will love it to.
Anonymous 12 months ago
This was a great book it always kept me on my toes wanting to read more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*comes up behind him* What ya doing?