The Reluctant Assassin
Colfer's first book in the time-bending W.A.R.P. series promises to be every bit as brisk as Artemis Fowl. It follows the misadventures of Victorian orphan Riley, who is the reluctant assistant of Albert Garrick, a magician turned killer-for-hire. The two are unwittingly transported, via wormhole, to modern London, where Riley teams up with an FBI agent, 17-year-old Chevie Savano. Together they try to stop Garrick who has been fundamentally altered by his trip through time and is now a shape-changing supergenius. Garrick is determined to use the timekey in Chevie's possession to make his way back to Victorian London so he can literally change the world forever.