The Jade Boy reminded me of the Clockwork Angel series – but set in an earlier time, the early 1700s.
Jem works as a servant in the London house of the of Duke Bellingham. His mother sews for the Duchess. Life is difficult – hard dirty work with no time for the fun that a normal 13 year old might have.
However a series of suspicious event and the appearance of the sinister Count Carazon, soon changes the world that he has come to know.
An interesting array of characters populate this book (and series) – Ptolemy and Cleo – the ‘mute; African slave and his monkey and Ann an apprentice witch aid Jem on the mission he has to carry out.
Suitable for junior teen readers.