HarperTorch, Hardcover, 9780061863172, 348pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
The world knows Jack London as awriter who lived his own thrilling, real-life adventures. But there areparts of his life that have remainedhidden for many years, things even he couldn tset down in writing. Terrifying, mysterious, bizarre, and magical these are the SecretJourneys of Jack London.
We meet Jack at age seventeen, followingthousands of men and women into the YukonTerritory in search of gold. For Jack, the journeyholds the promise of another kind of fortune: challenge and adventure. But what he finds inthe wild north is something far more sinisterthan he could have ever imagined: kidnappingand slavery, the murderous nature of desperatemen, and, amidst it all, supernatural beasts ofthe wilderness that prey upon the weakness inmen's hearts. Jack's survival will depend on hisability to quell the demons within himself asmuch as those without.
Acclaimed authors Christopher Goldenand Tim Lebbon, along with illustrator GregRuth, have crafted a masterful tale bothclassic and contemporary, a gripping originalstory of the paranormal in the tradition ofthe great Jack London.
“A masterful mix of gold, cold, supernatural creatures, and dread magic makes this a great action adventure story.”
-Garth Nix, author of the Abhorsen Trilogy
“A great old-school adventure novel and the best use of the Wendigo legend I’ve ever read.”
-Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy
A rollicking adventure tale for modern-day readers, depicting with great awe the unforgiving, and yet beautiful, conditions Jack confronts. There is enough biographical reality to drive curious readers into sampling the works of the actual London while they eagerly await another chapter. That is a fire worth starting.
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)
Golden and Lebbon write with a gritty assurance that brings the fantasy elements-most notably, Jack’s multiple face-offs with the mythic Wendigo-down to earth. This first chapter kicks the door open for almost anything in book two.