Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Black Book of Buried Secrets

The Black Book of Buried Secrets
by Mallory Kass
The 39 Clues

For the past five hundred years, the Cahills have silently dominated the world. Their desperate hunt for the 39 Clues lies behind some of history’s biggest enigmas – the curse of the Hope diamond, the race to summit Mt. Everest, the wild life and death of Harry Houdini. And now – finally – the secrets are out. With an introduction by Rick Riordan, The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buried Secrets reveals the shocking truth about history’s most notorious family.

In full, lush color, The 39 Clues: The Black Book of Buried Secrets lays bare each hidden fact, concealed strategy, top agent, lost founder, secret base and hushed-up scandal of the Clue hunt. This complete guide to the Cahills contains information on all five branches, including the notoriously elusive Madrigals. The must-know information includes:
- Full files on the enigmatic Man in Black.
- The true purpose of the Madrigal branch.
- The complete story of the fire that split the original Cahill family.
- The truth about the night Hope and Arthur Cahill died.
- Open access to the secrets of the Lucian, Ekaterina, Tomas and Janus branches.
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This was a great filler book before the start of the new spin-off series. I really loved getting to see the extra thought that went into some of the characters that were actually in the series for only a page or two! There is a ton of world building that went on here...

The character profiles were fun. I loved seeing the list of the famous Cahills in each branch. I liked finding out where each of their strongholds are, and what their secret weapons might be. All in all a fun book to flip through before I read the first Cahills vs. Vespers book!

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