An elusive stalker is prowling the halls at Marlowe – and something unearthly has gotten into its wealthiest student.
Released in March, 2012.
Concluding the story line of Another Faust (2009) and Another Pan (2010)—but perfectly readable as a single title—this book brings back the sultry demon Nicola Vileroy, as she faces off against billionaire teen Thomas Goodman-Brown. While the literary references made in the first two volumes were a bit obscure, the Nayeris find a clever, accessible way to put a fresh spin on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic. Thomas is given a designer drug called “W” by a girl at a club, and his growing addiction to the pills coincide with increasing blackouts. Soon he is hearing a voice in his head: Edward Hyde, Nicola’s son, who wishes to be reborn through Thomas’ body and begins to take physical control of it in order to do some very ghastly things. The world of New York City kids is mercilessly drawn, and the authors have quite a bit of fun when Thomas and Edward begin fighting for control of their shared mouth, often within the same sentence. Never too scary, this is solid, nonromantic paranormal fare.
Following his sudden break-up with Belle Faust in Another Faust (2009), Thomas Goodman-Brown hasn’t been the same. Everyone thinks him constantly intoxicated (without justification; it’s only occasional), but really he’s reeling from the after-effects of the magic the Faust children used on him. A combination of his presumed guilt and the strain of his father’s marriage to the missing Belle’s governess Nicola Vileroy leads to Thomas’ acceptance of a mystery drug at a club. Soon, Thomas is blacking out, students are being attacked and Vileroy drops a bombshell: There’s a new stepbrother for Thomas, apart from her adopted Faust children. With help from briefly returningAnother Faust and Another Pan (2010) characters, Thomas slowly pieces together how his troubles tie into Vileroy’s motives. The prose is peppered with delightfully witty one-liners—the humor goes a long way toward keeping Thomas likable. The narration mostly follows Thomas, creating a focus that both enables his believable disorientation from the drug and allows his personal risks to elevate the story’s tension. The preludes at chapter beginnings complete the story of who and what Vileroy is, building upon each other until questions raised by the previous novels have been answered. A high-stakes conclusion that satisfies. (Fantasy. 14 & up)
Another Faust in Chinese, Another Pan in paperback, Another Jekyll ARC.
The series has now sold in the following countries: China (two languages), Vietnam, Russia, Turkey, Bulgaria.