Will Henry is an orphan who lives with one of the country’s most esteemed monstrumologists, that is he studies monsters. One night a grave robber appears at their house late at night with an interesting specimen, an Anthopophagi. This creature, native to Africa, feeds on humans, and poses quite a threat to the community of New Jerusalem. Will Henry and his guardian Pellinore Warthrop set out on an adventure to find the Anthropophagi and destroy them before they destroy the human population.
This is such a creative book, and my first YA monster read. It completely captured my attention with its Gothic feel. Although I am not an expert on the time period of the late 1800’s it seemed very believable. I felt like I was there. I enjoyed the underlying theme of both Will Henry and Warthrop constantly seeking the approval of their father figures. Throughout the book it was obvious that every action and inaction was to prove their worth. So now the good stuff…What a gory book! Seriously, there are parts of the book that I cringed a bit. Other factors include betrayal, death, slime, sacrifice, and bodily worm infestations! Winning!