I finally had the chance to buy this one, and of course, as soon as it came in, I read it. And what a delight it was. I couldn’t stop reading, I had to know all about this cursed treasure. Would they find it? Who would guard it, ghosts or demons? Who is Nessa? Will Demelza (such a kick-ass name) save her parents’ golf course and her home? What about the purple mist, is it part of the curse or something more sinister?
It all starts on a stormy night (all the best books do) when Demelza is reading her book and is woken by someone breaking into her caravan (long story short her dad allows her to live there and she has a whole caravan full of epic stuff), and so we meet Nessa. Demelza is at first wary about Nessa, but quickly lets her in, and so an wonderful friendship starts.
Demelza is eager to show Nessa her wonderful town of Penfurzy, a sleepy town on an island. Or is it sleepy? Because there is a whole mystery regarding the Knights of Penfurzy. Oh yes, and it seems that Demelza’s late mother knew more about it, and later we find out that she knew even more!
I just had such a laugh when Demelza fought to save her parents golf course by just standing in front of a digger that was about to do some serious damage. And then she, and Nessa, just stepped inside it. Oh my. It is also their first encounter with the purple mist that seems to make human and machine act weirdly.
From that moment on there is no quiet moment as our girls are trying to figure out all they can about the Knights of Penfurzy (also, while I was agreeing with Nessa on how those guys got the cold, I did think she was maybe a bit too harsh on Demelza) and find the treasure. We see them search for the staff, we see them climb the highest peaks of the island, we see them on bikes after they customised Nessa’s bike, we see them perform tricks one should never do with a bike (riding to a pillar on just a ladder with some badly lain boards), there are 3-headed dogs (or is it just 3 dogs?).
If you think that is exciting wait till they really have a lead on the treasure and the place it may be in. Ho boy, it was one big rollercoaster of fun, adventure, and ghosts. I loved the castle, I loved meeting the knights and seeing that they weren’t that bad despite the things that they did in the past. The riddle was fun, there were evil gloves, and then there is the final boss. Yup. A superevil boss with a greediness that cursed everyone around him.
The one thing I liked less were the lies that Nessa kept telling. I get that she had to hide who she was, and we do later find out what is truly going on, but I still felt kind of sad that she had to lie. Though, sure, I have to admit, she does have a fantastic imagination.
It was just too much fun reading this one and I flew through it in one go. I laughed, I giggled, I cheered, I was amazed at the spirit both these girls had. Though I also had some sad moments when we find out what happened to Demelza’s mother and that it hasn’t been the easiest time for her and her dad. 🙁
Oh, oh, and I need to mention the fabulous illustrations. They were fantastic, showing both Nessa and Demelza as how I would imagine them. Nessa tough and no-nonsense, Demelza full of spirit and wildness. Plus, I loved seeing the town, the mysterious going-ons, everything.
Now I just have one wish. For there to be more books about this duo. Given the ending it seems that this tiny island has many more mysteries to uncover and figure out. And I want to see them.