Synopses & Reviews
Poison has always been a willful, contrary girl, prone to being argumentative and stubborn. So when her sister is snatched by the mean-spirited faeries, she seeks out the Phaerie Lord to get her back. But finding him isn't easy, and the quest leads Poison into a murderous world of intrigue, danger, and deadly storytelling. With only her wits and her friends to aid her, Poison must survive the attentions of the Phaerie Lord, rescue her sister, and thwart a plot that's beyond anything she (or the reader) can imagine.
"Smart and sassy Poison, the eponymous 16-year-old heroine of Wooding's (The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray) dark fantasy is told, 'Some of us are born in the right place, and some of us have to go look for it.' The erstwhile Foxglove (she renamed herself to spite her stepmother) does not fit among the complacently miserable people of the Black Marshes, a fetid swamp where daily existence is dicey. When her baby sister is swapped for a changeling on Soulswatch Eve, Poison is unwilling to accept fate, and heads out to find the Phaerie Lord to demand her sister's return. Like Dorothy, she picks up a retinue on her journey: a kindly merchant, a dimwitted but sunny witch's maid and the novel's most likeable character, Andersen the cat. This unhappy band narrowly escapes one scary scrape after another, including a creepy brush with very big spiders. Readers who have made note of the many allusions to the tropes and archetypes of fantasy laced throughout the narrative will be on sound footing when, late in the story, Poison literally meets her maker, a human ruler of the Realms whose power lies in the written word. The abrupt turn from the familiar quest story to a more meditative discourse on authorship, free will and destiny is awkward, but the ultimate resolution satisfies. Unlike Dorothy, Poison finds she doesn't need to go home to find a place for herself. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Readers should be prepared for a thought provoking read wrapped in all of the components of a true tale of dark fantasy capable of raising the hairs on one's neck." Children's Literature
"[S]hould please crowds of horror fans who like their books fast-paced, darkly atmospheric, and melodramatic." School Library Journal
"The story moves forward at a quick pace; characterization and world building add to the strength of the gripping plot, while an ambivalent but satisfying resolution tops off a compelling read." Kirkus Reviews
"Wooding's serpentine plotting and lush, imaginative writing have something to offer to both the more mature audience...as well as slightly younger genre fans." Booklist
About the Author
Wooding is an anime fanatic who plays guitar in a punk band, wrote Kerosene when he was 19 years old.