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ISBN13: 9780439546560
ISBN10: 0439546567
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Publisher Comments:

The Alienest meets Dracula in this gripping, gothic-horror thriller from young UK phenom Chris Wooding.

Thaniel, just seventeen, is a wych-hunter. Together, he and Cathaline - his friend and mentor - track down the fearful creatures that lurk in the Old Quarter of London. It is on one of these hunts that he first encounters Alaizabel Cray. Alaizabel is half-crazed, lovely, and possessed. Whatever dreadful entity has entered her soul has turned her into a strange and unearthly magnet - attracting evil and drawing horrors from ever dark corneer. Cathaline and Thaniel must discover its cause - and defend humanity at all costs.

Review:

"'The city of London has a secret heart. It is a clotted thing of crumbling stone and dripping gutters.' Wooding (Kerosene) stages his sensuous horror tale on darkened cobblestone streets where horses still pull hansom cabs and gaslights break the darkness. The author sets a riveting pace from the get-go, as 17-year-old Thaniel Fox, a wych-hunter, prowls the Old Quarter in search of a Cradlejack — a 'wych-kin' known for taking babies. It is but one of a litany of slithery apparitions purportedly unleashed when the first Prussian airships bombed the city. On this same night, he encounters a half-crazed teenage girl, whom he takes into his care. Alaizabel Cray, he learns, has survived a ritual staged by the Fraternity, an occult fellowship comprised of 'the highest strata of society,' and an evil spirit is trapped inside her. The cult is also behind a series of London murders, the locations of which map out the shape of a chackh'morg, a kind of tentacled beast. Once the group completes the drawing, they will finish the first stage of their apocalyptic plan. The tactile quality of the prose will make readers feel as if they can touch and smell the dank sewers of the city. Although Wooding leaves some threads dangling (e.g., the unsolved murders of Thaniel's parents; the motivations of a serial killer who takes issue with the fact that the Fraternity's murders resemble his own), readers will only hope for a sequel to tie them up. An imaginative tour de force. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

At just 17, Thaniel is a wych-hunter. Together, he and Cathaline, his friend and mentor, track down the fearful creatures that lurk in the Old Quarter of London. It is on one of these hunts that he first encounters Alaizabel Cray, who is half-crazed, lovely, and possessed.At just 17, Thaniel is a wych-hunter. Together, he and Cathaline, his friend and mentor, track down the fearful creatures that lurk in the Old Quarter of London. It is on one of these hunts that he first encounters Alaizabel Cray, who is half-crazed, lovely, and possessed.

Synopsis:

At just 17, Thaniel is a wych-hunter. Together, he and Cathaline, his friend and mentor, track down the fearful creatures that lurk in the Old Quarter of London. It is on one of these hunts that he first encounters Alaizabel Cray, who is half-crazed, lovely, and possessed.

About the Author

Chris Wooding began writing at the age of 16, and his first novel Crashing was published when he was 19. Since that time, he's written dozens of novels in several genres, notably the award-winning The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray; Poison; Storm Thief; the Malice series; and the graphic novel, Pandemonium.

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KusaPants, May 23, 2008 (view all comments by KusaPants)
One of the greatest books I've read in quite a while.
Chris Wooding is my favourite author at the moment -- his other fantasy novels are also exceptional, but I feel this one is the best.
The writing really makes you experience the setting- the book feels like the cover is illustrated. Very creepy and a good read, especially during a thunderstorm, but equally good without. I definitely recommend giving it a try.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439546560
Publisher:
Orchard Books
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Author:
Wooding, Chris
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
Horror stories
Subject:
Horror tales
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
England
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 304 pages Orchard - English 9780439546560 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'The city of London has a secret heart. It is a clotted thing of crumbling stone and dripping gutters.' Wooding (Kerosene) stages his sensuous horror tale on darkened cobblestone streets where horses still pull hansom cabs and gaslights break the darkness. The author sets a riveting pace from the get-go, as 17-year-old Thaniel Fox, a wych-hunter, prowls the Old Quarter in search of a Cradlejack — a 'wych-kin' known for taking babies. It is but one of a litany of slithery apparitions purportedly unleashed when the first Prussian airships bombed the city. On this same night, he encounters a half-crazed teenage girl, whom he takes into his care. Alaizabel Cray, he learns, has survived a ritual staged by the Fraternity, an occult fellowship comprised of 'the highest strata of society,' and an evil spirit is trapped inside her. The cult is also behind a series of London murders, the locations of which map out the shape of a chackh'morg, a kind of tentacled beast. Once the group completes the drawing, they will finish the first stage of their apocalyptic plan. The tactile quality of the prose will make readers feel as if they can touch and smell the dank sewers of the city. Although Wooding leaves some threads dangling (e.g., the unsolved murders of Thaniel's parents; the motivations of a serial killer who takes issue with the fact that the Fraternity's murders resemble his own), readers will only hope for a sequel to tie them up. An imaginative tour de force. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , At just 17, Thaniel is a wych-hunter. Together, he and Cathaline, his friend and mentor, track down the fearful creatures that lurk in the Old Quarter of London. It is on one of these hunts that he first encounters Alaizabel Cray, who is half-crazed, lovely, and possessed.At just 17, Thaniel is a wych-hunter. Together, he and Cathaline, his friend and mentor, track down the fearful creatures that lurk in the Old Quarter of London. It is on one of these hunts that he first encounters Alaizabel Cray, who is half-crazed, lovely, and possessed.
"Synopsis" by , At just 17, Thaniel is a wych-hunter. Together, he and Cathaline, his friend and mentor, track down the fearful creatures that lurk in the Old Quarter of London. It is on one of these hunts that he first encounters Alaizabel Cray, who is half-crazed, lovely, and possessed.
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