The Twelve Quests - Book 1, Bluebeard's Key

The Twelve Quests - Book 1, Bluebeard's Key

by Ana Fischel


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The Twelve Quests, BOOK 1, Bluebeard’s Key by Ana Fischel.

It was 1849 and times were as hard as nails in Victorian London. One would think that being stuck in the dire and dismal surroundings of Mrs. Snagglesnarle’s dreadful orphanage would be bad enough, but for 10 year old twins Albert and Florence Leadington things were about to get a whole lot worse after fate brings the strange and reluctant Arthur Canarthy into their world. Not only does he tell them a dark and disturbing secret about their parents but they soon discover that their own lives are in imminent danger, as they are forced to embark on twelve terrible quests that will take them on an epic journey where murderers and madmen await in the shadows. As their first quest directs them to the sinister Duke de Mauvais’s French chateaux, who can they truly trust?

“The question you should be asking yourselves is what the key opens. You have to understand that this is a man with many secrets, part of a long line of aristocrats who believe their wealth and title permit them to do as they please and that the guillotine is a punishment only for commoners,” murmured their host quietly, as if he were afraid to be overheard.

Intrigued? You should be if you like quirky fantasy adventure books full of danger, dark magic and mystical folklore! The first 6 in this series of The Twelve Quests (for 7 – 12 year olds) are now available to buy online via most main bookstores and are published by Arts Council funded YouWriteOn. The remaining 6 will be published in 2010.

For more details, downloads, school workshops and to read sample chapters from any of the books please visit our official website at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849239905
Publication date: 01/30/2009
Pages: 158
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

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The Twelve Quests - Book 1, Bluebeard's Key 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Mr-Wilson-Green More than 1 year ago
Picked this up a couple of weeks ago for my nine year old daughter. We've read it together and it's really great fun. Definitely a good alternative to Harry Potter and co. as it has a real basis in history . Only six of the twelve books are available at the moment so think we definitely need to check with the publisher to see when the final 6 will be published. We're already hooked and don't want to get left on a cliffhanger. Highly recommended. More info at the website: Strangely though Amazon have a different cover for book one!
JONATHAN_HAINES More than 1 year ago
My daughter Ciara ia an avid bookreader, in particular serializations, and I really wanted to find her something new and quirky as a surprise for her birthday. Firstly I was really drawn to the artwork on the covers (but like they say never judge a book by it's cover.) However, as soon as I started to read 'Bluebeard's Key' I realized that the concept/storyline was just as good. The language is really descriptive and easy to read, the narritive has a timeless quality to it. The characters are kooky and great fun and now I have read the first three in this series I can see 'The Twelve Quests' being the next big thing especially now there is a gap in the literary market after Harry Potter and Lemony Snicket. This is an amazing series from what I can see so far and I loved 'A Dragon's Tooth' and 'The Pied Piper's Flute' too - see my other reviews on books 2 and 3. Highly Recommended!
miss-snark More than 1 year ago
This is a really quirky and atmospheric children's fantasy book, somewhat Dickensian in style. Based around the adventures of the Leadington twins and their hapless guardian Mr. Arthur Canarthy, the reader quickly finds themselves immersed in a darkly magical world scattered with snippets of old folklore. I have also read the next couple of books in the series and I can really see 'The Twelve Quests' becoming a modern classic. I would highly recommend this for 8-12 year olds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago