William, Mary and Alice Constant have come to spend Christmas with their uncle as their parents are working abroad. Little by little, they discover that things in this remote old house are not quite what they seem. There are powerful forces at work, calling to the children from across the centuries; forces that pull them up the hidden steps in the chimney to the secret room where the magician lives.
"A remarkable magical fantasy"
"One of the best-written and most exciting series of novels for young readers"
"A gripping and addictive first book in series of four. William Corbett empowers his characters and creates an atmosphere which is sure to thrill readers who enjoy fantasy titles"