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Rise of the Blood Moon

Written by Alan Gibbons

Rise of the Blood Moon Synopsis

It has always been this way. The Helati are slaves. Each month, at the full moon, they are expelled to face the demon host, the Lost Souls. But something has changed in the fabric of the times. The demons are controlled by a new master, the Darkwing. Now the danger is permanent, the horror incessant. In a southern port, however, a fourteen year old slave girl, oblivious of her destiny, holds the key to ending the nightmare of the Lost Souls. But will she ever understand the secret that is hidden deep in her memory, the secret of the Black Tower? Alan Gibbons' latest novel is an epic fantasy that takes you through a fabled land, reminiscent of a mythical ancient India. On a roller-coaster ride you will meet shape-shifters, demons, magic, tyrants, an evil lord who is the master of the living dead and countless fighters for evil...and for good.

Rise of the Blood Moon Press Reviews

'gripping stuff' -- Jennifer Taylor THE BOOKSELLER 'definitely joins my shortlist of books that I couldn't put down... it is a story that fills your thoughts even when you are not actually reading it... full of excitement and suspense from beginning to end.' -- Gill King WRITE AWAY! 'the prose style is fluid and the setting - a proto-India filled with Egyptian-style sun worshippers - is exotically drawn' -- Jayne Nelson SFX 'the concept is epic in scale' -- Mary Hoffman TES 'An intelligent and thougth-provoking book for teens, Rise of the Blood Moon uses a fantasy backdrop to tackle real-life contemporary issues relevant to young people.' LIVERPOOL ECHO 'the narrative is fast-paced, with short punchy sentences and incisive dialogue. Gibbons skilfully switches back and forth between different plot lines without confusion, helping to create a thrilling page-turner that will keep its readers on the edge of their seats.' -- Susan Goodsall BOOKS FOR KEEPS 'Alan Gibbons has not avoided the big issues of racism and fundamentalism but has tackled them in a different way... the excitement and feat of the battles and the exhilaration as one is swept along in what feels liek ancient history make this an epic read for KS3/4. -- Tricia Adams THE SCHOOL LIBRARIAN 'very descriptive... the characters are so well described that you can almost see them in real life.' -- Jason Chu, Liberton High TEEN TITLES 'a story that will keep you turning the pages, even if fantasy novels are not at the top of your list of favourite books to read.' -- John Millen SOUTH CHINA YOUNG POST

Book Information

ISBN: 9781842551783
Publication date: 6th July 2006
Author: Alan Gibbons
Publisher: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 384 pages

About Alan Gibbons

Alan Gibbons is a full time writer and a visiting speaker and lecturer at schools, colleges and literary events nationwide, including the major Book Festivals: Edinburgh, Northern Children's Book Festival, Swansea, Cheltenham, Sheffield and Salford. Alan is also a key contributor at the QCA/National Literary Strategy 'Writing Together' conferences. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and four children.

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