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Ed and the River of the Damned

Written by Andrew Fusek Peters

Illustrated by Stephen Player

Part of the Ed Series

Ed and the River of the Damned Synopsis

Ed and his friend Zack are on holiday in London. While Ed keeps noticing the particularly friendly and intelligent rats coming out of the cellars, Zack is more interested in the drugs on offer from rather more human rats. Following a rat into an abandoned underground station, Ed finds himself on a weird journey into London's sewers and the forgotten River Fleet. Here he encounters mystical owls and Victorian sewer workers, but also the power to take on the drug-pushers who threaten to destroy the city's youth. In a stunningly dramatic climax worthy of Stephen King, Ed calls on ancient powers in a final confrontation with the evil drug baron.

Ed and the River of the Damned Press Reviews

Andrew Fusek Peters can always be relied upon to produce hard-hitting, edgy, teen talking fiction and the unconventional and cunningly packaged 'Ed' series is no exception. * Rivetting Reads 12-16 * A strange and compelling mixture of close to the edge teen angst 'realism' and new age-ish fantasy ... 'The forces of Light' against 'Dark powers' motifs are interestingly inserted in an everyday ... story of inner city realism. Stephen Player's atmospheric illustrations add to the gruesomeness of the story .. aimed at disaffected youth and/or reluctant readers and is certainly worth putting their way. * School Librarian * The modern sharp 'street' prose has been pared down to necessity and is fast, lyrical and at times poetic. It is perfectly complemented by Stephen Player's amazing graphics, which are equally atmospheric and loaded with pace. The greyscale illustrations display a wonderful understanding of perspective, tone and movement. Both text and image accelerate to an almost apocalyptic ending which leaves the reader gasping for more. (And I'm sure there will be more!) This is superb stuff and just the thing to attract those teenage boys (who are perhaps too cool to read) back to books. * Inis * This very strongly illustrated graphic novel never flinches from depicting horrors both mundane and supernatural, the artist's style complementing the harsh story perfectly. * Bookfest 2005-2006 * A strange and compelling mixture of close-to-the-edge teen-angst 'realism' and new-age-ish fantasy... * School Librarian * This very strong illustrated graphic novel never flinches from depicting horrors both mundane and supernatural, the artist's style complementing the harsh story perfectly ... The music and morals of the time are vivdly described, and well-rounded characters keep the reader's interest until the last page. * Bookfest * The modern sharp 'street' prose has been pared down to necessity and is fast, lyrical and at times poetic. It is perfectly complemented by Stephen Player's amazing graphics, which are equally atmospheric and loaded with pace. The greyscale illustrations display a wonderful understanding of perspective, tone and movement. Both text and image accelerate to an almost apocalyptic ending which leaves the reader gasping for more. (And I'm sure there will be more!) This is superb stuff and just the thing to attract those teenage boys (who are perhaps too cool to read) back to books. * Inis * Praise for ED AND THE WITCHBLOOD 'The plot is fast-paced and the black-and-white illustrations are great.' - SFX 'An uncompromising and unusual story that ... aims for the disaffected jugular.' - Guardian 'A strong story ... far more challenging, haunting and poetic than its highly illustrated format might suggest.' - Northern Echo The modern sharp 'street' prose has been pared down to necessity and is fast, lyrical and at times poetic. It is perfectly complimented by Stephen Player's amazing graphics, which are equally atmospheric and loaded with pace * Inis * This very strongly illustrated graphic novel never flinches from depicting horrors both mundane and supernatural, the artist's style complementing the harsh story perfectly * Bookfest 2005 - 2006 *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340866375
Publication date: 13th January 2005
Author: Andrew Fusek Peters
Illustrator: Stephen Player
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 128 pages

About Andrew Fusek Peters

Andrew Fusek Peter is an Anglo-Czech poet, storyteller, didgeridoo player, broadcaster, anthologist, author and creative writing tutor with an international reputation. He has worked in thousands of schools, libraries, arts centres and literary festivals, giving lively performances and running workshops for all ages and abilities. With his wife Polly Peters he has written several poetry collections, and is the author of the Ed grahic novels illustrated by Stephen Player. He and Polly live with their two children in rural Shropshire.

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