Synopses & Reviews
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 every dark corner. Cathaline and Thaniel must discover its cause and defend humanity at all costs.
"The author sets a riveting pace from the get-go, as a 17-year-old wych-hunter prowls London's Old Quarter in search of a Cradlejack known for taking babies....An imaginative tour de force." Publishers Weekly
"The gothic story of Alaizabel Cray's haunting will continue to haunt its readers long after the book has been read." Children's Literature
"It has definite messages about religion, magic, and petty political power and both the scare and the blood make the novel unsuitable for middle school. The ending, which includes an escape by the head of the Fraternity, promises that readers will see more of Thaniel." VOYA
"[Wooding] fuses together his best storytelling skills-plotting, atmosphere, shock value-to create a fabulously horrific and ultimately timeless underworld where heroes battle menacing foes to save the world from demonic overthrow." School Library Journal
"[T]he atmospheric scene setting and attention to chilling detail ensure his hold on fantasy enthusiasts." Booklist
About the Author
Wooding is an anime fanatic who plays guitar in a punk band, wrote Kerosene when he was 19 years old.