Vespers Rising

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Vespers Rising
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Author Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson
Country United States
Language English
Series The 39 Clues
Genre Children's novel
Adventure novel
Publisher Scholastic
Publication date
April 5, 2011
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 240
ISBN 978-0545290593
OCLC 668191534
Preceded by Into the Gauntlet
Followed by The Medusa Plot

Vespers Rising is a part of The 39 Clues franchise, which includes the 39 Clues books, card packs, and interactive online games.[1] The book is a transition between the first series, The 39 Clues, and the second, Cahills vs. Vespers. It was written by Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson. The book was released on April 5, 2011.[2] Unlike the other 10 books (with the exception of the last one), the title card shows a series of dots rather than a globe.


This book has 4 plot lines. The first describes Gideon's discovery of the master serum and betrayal by his friend and the first Vesper, Damien Vesper. The second recounts Madeleine Cahill's life and her attempt to reunite the Cahill family. The third tells of Grace's first mission to Casablanca, as she competes against George S. Patton to retrieve Gideon's gold ring. The fourth describes Amy and Dan's retrieval of Gideon's ring that Grace bequeathed to Amy, while escaping from Casper Wyoming, a Vesper member who is after it.

Gideon Cahill, 1507[edit]

The first part recounts the story of Gideon Cahill and Damien Vesper, and the inception of the empowering serum made of 39 ingredients. It is set in the year of 1507, when the Black Death was abound, and a third of the European population had been claimed. Cahill allows Vesper to use his, Cahill's, ancestral island as a retreat from the plague. This proves to be a problem because Vesper wants Cahill's serum, which he made to help cure the plague. Vesper, however, wants it for the purposes of power. Cahill gives each of his children a quarter of the serum and tells them to flee the island. During the night, before they can leave, Vesper comes in search of the serum; but Cahill sets off an explosion in his laboratory. The house is set on fire, yet all four of Gideon's children: Luke, Jane, Thomas, and Catherine; plus his wife, Olivia, survive. The children quickly begin blaming each other for the fire and leave in two separate groups: Luke and Jane, and Thomas and Katherine. This leaves Olivia alone, and she vows to re-unite the family.


Preceded by
Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The 39 Clues Series
Book 11
Succeeded by
The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman