There is a universe beyond our own, known as the Merge. A young locksmith called Archibald Lox is about to cross worlds and explore it. As he learns about these lands of wonders, he will have to face cold-blooded killers, rivers of blood, hell jackals and more... Book one of the Archibald Lox series, a new fantasy series by Darren Shan, the New York Times bestselling YA author of Cirque Du Freak and Lord Loss. Archibald Lox and the Bridge Between Worlds is a perfect middle grade book. I couldn't put it down and read it in almost one sitting. For grabbing my attention from the very first page and making me excited about a series for the first time in ages, I give it a superb five out of five stars. Addicted to Media. Inventive and imaginative with plenty of jeopardy - as satisfying a read as we've come to expect from Darren Shan. The Bookbag. Filled with fantastic characters, true to form description, and Shan's distinct writing style, Archibald Lox is sure to enthrall readers of all ages. The Haunted Wordsmith. I believe that the Archibald Lox series has the potential to be the author's best work since The Saga of Darren Shan, it has the magical, dream-like overtones of Lewis Carroll's Alice books and the captivating, world-hopping drama of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. I can't recommend it highly enough, perfect for fantasy fans of all ages. Books, Films & Random Lunacy. High fantasy that allows you to step away from the real world and into a vivid space of wonder. The Reading Corner For All. Perfect for fans of adventurous fantasy stories! Mind of Luxe. I loved everything about the story, and can't wait to see how it continues! Rajiv's Reviews.