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Book 3: Empire of Ruins

Out now in Canada and Australia, the UK, and the U.S. To be released soon in France and Germany.

Secret agent Modo's next assignment? Find ancient Egyptian ruins hidden deep in the Australian jungle and the mysterious God Face, rumoured to be a powerful weapon-anyone who looks upon it will be driven mad. And he must find the God Face before the evil Clockwork Guild does!

"Slade's steampunk, quasi fantastical, quasi Boys' Own Adventure series featuring Modo, the young shape-shifter crippled by his own ugliness, ranges into the Australian jungle in thei Indiana Jones-style adventure."
The Toronto Star

"Delightfully inventive ... sure to please series fans."
Kirkus Reviews

"This series has to be one of the best reads available to steampunk fans and adventure seekers alike . . . this is a hard book to put down!"
Canadian Children's Book News

" The inclusion of steampunk elements, such as the airships and mechanical falcons, create a fantastical setting for a well-crafted adventure. Middle schoolers will crave the publication of the next installment after reading the last pages of Empire of Ruins."

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