Peru, 1893 – Oskar Wegener from Berlin and his colleagues have reached on foot the Colca Canyon – the world’s most gigantic canyon; deeper than Grand Canyon, and wilder than Victoria Falls. High up there, at a height of 3.000 meters, the Inca’s last remaining descendants, the people of the Rain Eaters, have built a vertical city: houses and palaces, terraces, gardens and courtyards are fixed up high in between the valley’s walls, connected by delicate bridges. Their art and architecture give evidence of a thousand year old culture – and a threat that is just as old. Buried deep in the walls of the canyon live the Subterranean: terrifying, gigantic insects whose queen has always been on the hunt for human beings. For the time being, the Rain Eaters can keep the Subterranean at bay with the help of their fascinating weapons and highly-developed mechanics, but how long will they be able to withstand the ever growing number of insects? A prophecy promises salvation: the Guardian, the Witch, the Thief and the Solar Queen will deliver the Rain Eaters from the evil of the insects. And rescue seems to be at hand, because this prophecy can be applied to Oskar and his friends… Thomas Thiemeyer recounts in this thrilling start to a new series the incredible adventures of Carl Friedrich Donhauser who claimed to be an illegitimate heir of Alexander von Humboldt. Together with his servant Oskar, his friend Eliza and his clever niece Charlotte, Donhauser travelled and explored the last remaining unknown places on earth, discovered enormous treasures, and befriended strange creatures. Thiemeyer combines breathtaking settings and audacious protagonists to an adventure story full of suspense and charm. He includes everything the modern world at the close of the 19th century has to offer from steam-engine technology, rattling transistors to exotic settings. A classic adventure story that takes the reader to a fantastic new world.
„In this ambitious and well composed fantasy title you find everything that young and adventurous readers could wish for.” Süddeutsche Zeitung
“For this exciting story Thomas Thiemeyer did a really good research and had a long close look at myths and the pre-Columbian culture. Although this book is not a scientific title, it contains an exciting story which combines research, history, religion and fantasy.” Süddeutsche Zeitung
“It is an exciting book from the first page to the end. Because of Thiemeyer’s emphatic style the reader is able to see things from the protagonist’s perspective.” Berliner Morgenpost
„A well written and breath-taking story for juveniles.” Fränkischer Tag Bamberg
„An exciting mix of Indiana Jones, Jules Verne und Starship Troopers: a perfectly staged story for girls and boys.“ Bulletin Jugend & Literatur
„Thomas Thiemeyer interweaves spectacular sceneries and keen characters to a classic and exciting adventure story.” Phantastik-Couch
„Gripping story, great design, a successful combination of different genres. A plus for every book store.” ekz