Modo, who first made his appearance in The Hunchback Assignments, is a young, disfigured spy trained to be the ultimate secret agent. Not only is Modo brilliant and strong, but he also has a special ability: he can temporarily take on the appearance of other people. While on holiday, Modo and fellow spy Octavia Milkweed find themselves in Ember’s End. Created by the slightly mad scientific genius Dr. Ebenezer Ember, this is no ordinary wild-west town. It is surrounded by an energy field that prevents gunpowder from firing, and messages are sent via pneumatic tubes. There are also rumors that before Dr. Ember died, he built a weapon so powerful it could end all wars. With the local sheriff recently deceased, the two travelers are suddenly put in charge of Ember’s End law enforcement.
Arthur Slade was raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan. He is the author of nineteen novels for young readers, including The Hunchback Assignments, which won the prestigious td Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and Dust, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature. He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. For more information, visit www.arthurslade.com.
Christopher Steininger has done storyboards for numerous shows and video games, including Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and Spec Ops: The Line. He’s also created concept art for a variety of projects, such as Warhammer 40K and Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast. Currently, he’s illustrating In Search of Hannibal, a historically accurate retelling of Hannibal’s epic battle against Rome, and working on the next book in his Dead Heaven series. He lives in Inglewood, Ontario.