The Captain’s Log – the hollow boy (Jonathan Stroud)

Ahoy there me mateys!  Day three with book three of the Lockwood & Co. series completed.  Over half way there!  Arrr!  If ye haven’t read the first book in this series, the screaming staircase, then ye might want to skip this post and go read the first book.  Worth the read.  No spoilers ahead but if ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . . . . .

Okay it’s official.  I adore this series.  Book three was absolutely fabulous and me favorite thus far.  Soooo good.  In this tale, Lockwood & Co.’s reputation has continued to improve.  In fact the trio can hardly keep up.  But the high profile cases are still hard to come by.  However, a huge influx of ghosts is keeping the major firms extremely busy which brings a wealthy client to the their door.  The problem?  A set of creepy bloody footprints.  Can the agency solve this case?  What about the massive city outbreak that is threatening to shut down the city?  Can they help with that too?

So many things are great in this book.  There is the usual banter between the trio, the rivalry between the firms, the ghosts, the cases that Lockwood & Co. work on, and characters like Flo and the skull.  Still wonderful.  But the main focus for me in this one was the continuing growth of Lucy’s talent.  This is a book of change and growth for the trio as a whole but Lucy in particular.  This book also brought back some of the tingling feelings of ickiness when reading about some of the situations with the ghosts just like I had in book one.  Add in a new character that adds to both the angst and the humor and I was hooked.  And that ending sheesh!  Totally not expecting that, and I have no idea where the next book is headed.

Just pick up a copy and experience the novel for yerself.  I am looking forward to attempting the fourth book tonight!  Arrrrr!

The author’s website has this to say about the novel:

Phantoms in your attic?
Spectres by your bed?
Never fear – Lockwood & Co. are here!

A terrible new outbreak of ghosts is causing chaos across London. With the authorities baffled, psychic investigators Lockwood, Lucy and George see a fresh chance for fame and glory.

But countless horrors await them: bloody footprints on a spiral staircase, murderous ambushes in the night – and, waiting at the centre of the outbreak, the most fearful apparition of all.

Ghouls and spectres, thrills and tension in this brand-new instalment in Jonathan Stroud’s best selling series.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Jonathan Stroud – Author

To buy the book go to:

the hollow boy – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

Previous Log Entries for this Author

the screaming staircase (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy e-Arc)

the whispering skull (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)

6 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – the hollow boy (Jonathan Stroud)

  1. I have read the Bartemeus trilogy by Stroud and it was one of my favorite books growing up , I do have lockwood & co. on my TBR and hopefully i’d like them as well

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