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Philip Reeve’s latest children’s fantasy, Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep available now

13th Sep, 2021

Philip Reeve, the bestselling author of the Mortal Engines series, takes to a new world of undersea mysteries and island magic with his latest novel. Utterly Dark is washed up on the island of Wildsea as a baby and taken in by the island’s Watcher. But when her guardian drowns in the strangest of circumstances, Utterly finds herself facing the challenge of how to keep the island and its people safe from the unknown forces teeming in the deep ocean around them. Philip Reeve will be discussing the book (virtually) with Nikki Gamble on 14th September at 7pm and you can register to take part here.

Utterly Dark and the Face of the Deep is published by David Fickling Books (DFB) and translation rights have already been sold in Poland, France, and Holland. It is also Blackwell’s pick for Children’s Book of the Month for September. Liz Cross, Publishing Director at DFB (who has previously worked with Philip Reeve on Mortal Engines and Railhead) said: “Every one of Philip’s books is so beautifully crafted, and he is one of those rare writers who can turn his hand to any type of book, seemingly effortlessly. He can cast a new, original slant that makes us see familiar things in a totally different light.”

Utterly Dark is available from all good bookstores and you can also pick up a signed copy at Waterstones. To read more about Philip Reeve’s creative process, you can check out his blog.