Synopses & Reviews
Acclaimed author Chris Wooding's first graphic novel -- fun fantasy-adventure with a macabre twist!
Seifer's life is about to become a royal pain. . . . As captain of the local skullball team, Seifer Tombchewer is the envy of his peers. He's fast, he's strong, and he flies circles around the competition. But Seifer's always dreamed of more--of leaving his tiny, remote village for a new life beyond the mountains.
He just never dreamed it would happen like this. Knocked unconscious and abducted, Seifer awakens in the royal palace to learn that Prince Talon Pandemonium has gone missing. And since Seifer is a ringer for Talon, it's his duty to replace the missing royal in his roles of diplomat, warrior, and Lord Defender of the Realm.
He might fool Talon's sisters. He might fool Talon's army. But Seifer has little hope of fooling Talon's enemies. . . .
Chris Wooding and debut artist Cassandra Diaz team for a classic tale of mistaken identity set against the breathtakingly original backdrop of the Darkling Realm.
"Seifer Tombchewer is a star athlete in the boonies of the Darkling Realm, a kingdom of winged people ruled by the powerful Pandemonium clan. He's longing for a life outside his tiny village tucked away in the mountains when he is pulled into the royal family's intrigues, in this graphic novel by young adult novelist Wooding (Malice). The crown prince, Talon, has disappeared, and Seifer happens to be a dead ringer for him. Now it's up to Seifer to learn to act like Prince Talon well enough to fool those closest to him and win a war. Wooding and Diaz admirably build a complex world and appealing characters. Spots of slapstick and whimsy, like a giant cat that repeatedly tries to eat Seifer, lighten a story that has war and sacrifice at its core. In his journey from smalltown jock to hero of the people, Seifer makes discoveries about himself, his family, and the royal family. Diaz's manga-inspired art matches all the moods and loose ends that will leave readers asking for a sequel to this inventive and intriguing fantasy. Ages 8 up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for Malice:
((star)) "This nail-biter will keep readers glued to the story until the very last page is turned.... Wooding has fashioned an elaborate fantasy in which the world is dark and the peril is real." - School Library Journal, starred review
"The fast-paced story line and whimsically dangerous setting will capture plenty of attention. Even more eye-catching are the interspersed sections where comic book panels replace textual narrative... making this a memorable multimedia experience." - Publishers Weekly
"What seems to be a typical horror plot takes several delicious twists as the teens learn more about their surroundings.... The creative formatting, fast pace, and classic horror elements will surely satisfy any teen who loves a good scare." - The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books
About the Author
For the young, impressively prolific author Chris Wooding, writing has always been of interest. Wooding was born in 1977 in Leicester, an ex-mining town in England. To escape from a relatively monotonous environment during his youth, he became an avid reader of fantasy, sci-fi, and horror stories by such authors as C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card. His familiarity with these genres has helped shape his own style and preference for writing.
Wooding began writing at the age of 16, and his first novel Crashing was published when he was 19. He spent his next few years writing extensively while studying English Literature at the University of Sheffield. His works from this period include a wide range of styles from fantasy to political works to teenage stories.
The 27-year-old author has now completed 17 books and many short stories. In 2004, Scholastic published his critically acclaimed novel, The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, a horror story set in Victorian England and originally published in England. Wooding received several awards for this novel including the Silver Award and was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal. In addition, Wooding is developing a script for the screen adaptation of The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray.
In his free time, Wooding likes to participate in backpacking, touring with his band, and listening to ska music. He has traveled extensively to places such as America, Southeast Asia, and Germany. Currently, Wooding resides in London.
Cassandra Diaz is a recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She lives in Houston, Texas. Pandemonium is her first published work.