Subtitle: The Ateban Cipher Book 1
By: A. L Tait
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Hachette Australia
Published: 12 Sep 2017
ISBN: 9780734417671


What's the secret of the book, and why is it so valuable? These are the questions Gabe must answer when a dying man hands him a coded manuscript with one instruction: take it to Aidan. Gabe is hurled into a quest that takes him beyond his monastery home and into a world of danger, political intrigue and adventure.

As he seeks to decipher the code and find a mystery man who may not even exist, Gabe learns that survival must be earned and that some of life's biggest lessons are not found in books. Gabe finds himself questioning everything he knows about right and wrong and wondering if he'll ever find a way back home. He also discovers that the biggest secret of all may be his own.


This is the first book in a new series by A.L. Tait, the Australian author of The Mapmaker Chronicles.

Gabe, who has lived in the monastery all of his life, is given a beautiful coded manuscript by Brother Benedict whilst muttering his final words - ‘Take it to Aidan - hide it - they must not have it’.

So begins an amazing quest to protect the book and uncover the book’s secrets. Gabe enters the forest and meets a band of merry girls, and they join together to assist each other. Merry, their leader, is trying to free her dying and innocent father from Lord Sherborne’s dungeon. Can they figure out the mystery of the book and save her father?

This book has an evil Lord, an imposter Prince, and all of the mystery and adventure sure to make it a hit with 10 to 14 year olds.

Reviewed by Rob