Pure Dead Brilliant
by Debi Gliori
As fans of Pure Dead Magic
Pure Dead Wicked
already know, Strega-Schloss is an Austrian-style
castle in the west of Scotland, owned by an Italian family that apparently bears some resemblance to the authors own Italian-Scottish
family. Besides the operatic parents Luciano and Baci one the son of an enormously rich mafioso, the other a very mediocre student-witch
there are almost-13-year-old Titus (a computer genius who is about to inherit his mafioso grandfathers millions), 10-year-old Pandora
(whose best friends are a talking tarantula and two talking rats), and their 2-year-old sister Damp (who is actually the most powerful mage
in the world). And lest we forget, the help is really part of the family: the mysteriously ageless nanny, the worst French cook in the
world, the unflappable butler, the friendly moat monster, and the mythical beasts a yeti, a griffin, and two dragons who live in the
dungeons. Oh yeah, I almost forgot Strega-Nonna, the great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother who lives in cryogenic freeze in the
basement, and is only thawed out for special occasions.
Amazingly, each of these characters (with the possible exception of Strega-Nonna) is vibrantly depicted, and often wildly funny. But theyre
only the start. In this Pure Dead adventure, the family castle is invaded by Signora Strega-Borgias study group from her course on
witchcraft. Among the interesting characters in this group is a demon in disguise or rather, a Second Minister of the Hadean Executive.
The demon only wants three titchy things: an ancient stone of unbelievable power which has been hidden for generations in Strega-Schloss...
the soul of young Titus, which was sold by a distant ancestor along with the souls of all his male heirs...and, as a fetching bonus, a
certain blossoming, 2-year-old mage.
Even though no one really knows what is going on, and even though the Strega-Borgia home is in even more chaos than usual thanks to their
twelve weird houseguests, and even though an armed and deadly assassin is bearing down on the family for his own greedy, vengeful reasons,
and even though Astoroth has powers at his/her command that only a demon from Hades can summon, he/she wont have an easy time overcoming
the wackiness, the magic, and the love that binds the Strega-Borgias together. Add to the mix an alarming clock that allows you to re-set
not the hour and the minute, but the year; a giant monster that sleeps at the bottom of a nearby Loch; and an infant who conjures scenes out
of fairy tales simply by waving any oblong that happens to be in reach, and you almost pity the bad guys; they havent got a chance!
By the time I found this third book in Debi Glioris Pure Dead series, a fourth book, Pure Dead Trouble, had already come out. Be
sure to check out the Gliossary of helpful Latin, Glaswegian-dialect, Italian, and French words at the end of the book.
Recommended Age: 12+
If you would like to contact Robbie, you may do so here.