Sixteen-year-old genius Matty Ducayn has never fit in on The Hill, an ordered place seriously lacking a sense of humor. After his school's headmaster expels him for a small act of mischief, Matty's future looks grim until King Hadrian comes to his rescue with a challenge: answer a question for... show more
Sixteen-year-old genius Matty Ducayn has never fit in on The Hill, an ordered place seriously lacking a sense of humor. After his school's headmaster expels him for a small act of mischief, Matty's future looks grim until King Hadrian comes to his rescue with a challenge: answer a question for a master's diploma.More than a second chance, this means freedom. Masters can choose where they work, a rarity among Regents, and the question is simple.What was January Black?It's a ship. Everyone knows that. Hadrian rejects that answer, though, and Matty becomes compelled by curiosity and pride to solve the puzzle. When his search for an answer turns up long-buried state secrets, Matty's journey becomes a collision course with a deadly royal decree. He's been set up to fail, which forces him to choose. Run for his life with the challenge lost...or call the king's bluff.
Publish date: January 15th 2013
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
Russo's January Black is a mysterious woven tapestry that is one part mystery, one part fantasy, one part science fiction, and one part romance. It is like a jewel that keeps twinkling different colors right before your eyes.Matty is simply charming in his love for learning and alwys reaching for mo...
A_TiffyFit’s Review:January Black just leapt to one of my favorite reads of the year. I am ready to sit down right now and re-read it, to see what I may have missed the first time around. I requested a copy from the author during a Read to Review offer and was granted it. I began reading June 10th ...
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*I really liked this book. I really did. It was original and I loved the mystery and the riddle Matty has to solve and I loved discovering it with him. This was a pretty good book.So this is the story of Matty. He'...
I just recently finished reading January Black, received from the author for an honest review, and my head is still spinning. So much to wrap my mind around and I'm loving every moment just thinking about it. I haven't read such a thought provoking book of fiction in a long time. Strong char...
Won this on the goodreads giveaways! This looks fascinating and I look forward to reading it!