Marshalla just wants to earn enough money to get them both off the streets, but powerful men have other plans for little Tip, who seems to have a mysterious magic power. Meanwhile, others want to help them (though none too successfully), and without telling them why (for some reason).
Kids-in-peril usually makes for an engaging plot, and this is an enjoyable adventure with lots of magic and skullduggery befalling the main characters. While the plot’s a bit unfocused, it’s readable fun stuff. This is labelled as book 1 of a series and that’s very much how it reads, with a lot left unexplained at the end, but there’s enough meat to make it a satisfying standalone read.