The Initiation

The Initiation Review

Bestselling author of Peter and the Starcatchers and the Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson reimagines the origins of the epic rivalry between Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty. Set in modern times and focusing on Moriarty's bone-chilling beginnings, this middle grade mystery-adventure series will upend everything you thought you ever knew about Sherlock Holmes—and the true nature of evil.

In the pantheon of literature’s more impressive villains, Sherlock Holmes’s greatest nemesis, James Moriarty, stands alone. As Sir Arthur Conan Doyle describes him in the classic tale “The Final Solution,” Moriarty is a genius, a philosopher, and a spider in the center of his web. He is the Napolean of crime—and now, for the first-time ever, New York Times bestselling novelist Ridley Pearson explores the origins of his evil ways.

Our story begins when James and his younger sister, Moria, are unceremoniously sent off to boarding school at Baskerville Academy. It is not a fate either want or welcome—but generations of Moriarty men have graduated from Baskerville’s hallowed halls. And now so too must James. It’s at Baskerville where James is first paired with a rather unexpected roommate—Sherlock Holmes. The two don’t get along almost instantly, but when the school’s heirloom Bible goes missing and cryptic notes with disconcerting clues start finding their way into James’s hands, the two boys decide that they must work together to solve a mystery so fraught with peril, it will change both their lives forever!

It’s another seat-of-your-pants mystery from the bestselling author of Peter and the Starcatchers and The Kingdom Keepers series, Ridley Pearson.

Title:The Initiation

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  • Richard Denney

    3.5 STARS!"The Da Vinci Code meets Elementary."I was really looking forward to this one after seeing it on Goodreads a few months ago. I was interested in reading a retelling of Sherlock Holmes that h...

  • Brenda Ayala

    This is my first Ridley Pearson book, and I'm not too impressed. Perhaps it's because he chose to write about such celebrated literary characters; the writing seemed too stunted and the characters wer...

  • Sam

    2.5 stars - if I was being generous, I'd up it to 3 stars, but I had two problems:1) Why make it contemporary if the children were still going to talk like formal Victorians? Maybe that's what rich wh...

  • Susan

    Found this to be uneven. I enjoyed the setting and the subsequent mystery at Baskerville Academy with Holmes and the two Moriarty children but some of the talking about stuff, their knowledge or lack ...

  • Jillian (PidginPea's Book Nook)

    Moria Moriarty?...

  • Scottsdale Public Library

    As a middle grade reader, I loved Sherlock Holmes stories but often tired of the old-time settings. It was just the type of reader I was; I loved mysteries and puzzles, but tended more towards modern ...

  • Amanda

    Although I enjoyed this book, I felt it paled in comparison to Peter and the Starcatchers, and I honestly don't find myself likely to finish this series any time soon. It's cute, but not terribly memo...

  • Jacqueline Ogburn

    A terrific idea, to explore what made James Moriarty into a criminal mastermind, but the execution fell flat. Told in an awkward combination of 1st person POV of little sister Moria Moriaty and third ...

  • Hidekisohma

    So I saw this book and i thought it looked pretty interesting. Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty being teenagers in the current time being roommates at a sleepaway school. The twist is that the story...

  • Mark Buxton

    My name is Moria, and I've written this book about my troubled brother, James Moriarty. Our father has sent us to Baskerville Academy where we're fourth-generation legacies, descendants of the school'...