“Snicket's eccentric characters, gloomy settings, and twisted plots are back in full force. Thirteen-year-old Lemony is already suspicious, worried, and over his head in secrets. He is apprenticed to S. Theodora Markson (asking what the S stands for is a Wrong Question), who is taking him to Stain'd-by-the-Sea, a thoroughly strange place with lots of its own secrets. Markson and Snicket are there to do one thing: retrieve and return a statue of the rather frightening Bombinating Beast to its rightful owner. Nothing is as simple as it seems, especially when you can't trust anyone. Snicket knows much more than he's telling, and he weaves a complex mystery that ultimately brings up more questions than it answers.”
— Marika McCoola, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
Before the Baudelaires became orphans, before he encountered A Series of Unfortunate Events, even before the invention of Netflix, Lemony Snicket was a boy discovering the mysteries of the world. In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He started by asking questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn't be read. This is the first volume.
About the Author
Lemony Snicket had an unusual education and a perplexing youth and now endures a despondent adulthood. His previous published works include the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Composer is Dead, and 13 Words. Seth has portrayed suspicious circumstances and shady characters in much of his work. He is a multi-award-winning cartoonist, author, and artist, whose works include Palookaville, Clyde Fans, and The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists.