Winner of the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2007. Hugh (12) - I loved it! I loved it even more than I loved The Book of Dead Days (another of Marcus Sedgwickâ€™s thrilling novels). Normally I donâ€™t like horror books but this involved the reader so much more.
At times I forgot the difference between myself and Peter! I felt his decisions and fears. I loved and hated the suspense and I even though I was so into the book I hadnâ€™t a clue what was going to happen. At times I had to force myself to shut the book if it was mealtimes or way past my bedtime.
I thought that it was an amazing creation and I hope Marcus makes a fortune because he deserves it!
This novel has all the components of gothic horror: love, loss, regret and a touch of the supernatural, however it also gives a sense of the folk roots of the original vampire myth. The story is a pleasure to read as it has purpose and path and not a word is wasted. There is a sense of underlying menace and suspense throughout but it is never overdone. The author creates strong characters and sense of community and cleverly melds issues of religion and mysticism.
|Publication date:||26th July 2006|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Co|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Other Categories:||All Shortlists and Winners|
One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors Marcus was our Guest Editor in July 2010. Click here to see all his selections. Marcus began to write seriously in 1994, and his first book, Floodland, was published by Orion in 2000, and won the Branford-Boase award for best debut children's novel. Witch Hill followed in 2001, and was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award. The Kiss of Death was published in paperback in April 2009, and picked up a thread from his highly acclaimed My Swordhand is Singing (winner of the 2007 Booktrust Teenage Book Award). In between came what Marcus calls “my big ...More About Marcus Sedgwick