The Ravens of Solemano or The Order of the Mysterious Men in Black (The Young Inventors Guild)
Faye, Noah, Wallace, and siblings Jasper and Lucy are the only members of The Young Inventors Guild. They are on a train with their parents and their nanny, Miss Brett. They are all being taken care of by the mysterious Men in Black, whose communications are lacking communication. They are fleeing Komar Romak, who wants their inventions, but when they are separated from their parents, the children, and Miss Brett, are brought to the Men in Black’s hometown to hide. But not everything in this town is how it seems; there are poisonous cakes, murderous shepherds, and ancient mysteries that the children must unravel before it’s too late.
There is good characters development and realistic characters, who are creative, interesting, and (mostly) likeable. The perspective switched from character to character, which was fun and interesting and kept me engaged. I loved the setting in early twentieth-century Italy. The Men in Black were a welcome comic relief – they are so serious but so funny to read about. Together with exciting plot twists, fascinating characters, and fast-paced action, this is a book to remember.
Eden Unger Bowditch