My Swordhand is Singing

My Swordhand is Singing

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In the bitter cold of an unrelenting winter Tomas and his son, Peter, arrive in Chust and despite the inhospitability of the villagers settle there as woodcutters. Tomas digs a channel of fast-flowing waters around their hut so they have their own little island kingdom. Peter doesn't understand why his father has done this, nor why his father carries a long battered box everywhere they go, and why he is forbidden to know its contents. But when a band of gypsies comes to the village Peter's drab existence is turned upside down. He is infatuated by the beautiful gypsy princess, Sofia, intoxicated by their love of life and drawn into their deadly quest. For these travellers are Vampire Slayers and Chust is a dying community - where the dead come back to wreak revenge on the living. Amidst the terrifying events that follow, Peter is stunned to see his father change from a disillusioned man to the warrior hero he once was. Marcus draws on his extensive research of the vampire legend and sets his story in the forbidding and remote landscapes of the 17th century. Written in his usual distinctive voice, this is also the story of a father and his son, of loss, redemption and resolution.

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 20mm | 240.4g
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 12 Line Drawing(s)
  • 1842555588
  • 9781842555583
  • 128,325

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'a bloodthirsty tale which grips readers from the off.' -- Tom Lewis, WS Cheltenham WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY 'Marcus Sedgwick paints a chilling and irresistibly Gothic picture of the fight between good against evil. This book is tense, unnerving and well-structured - it scared me right to the end and I could not put it down.' -- Anna Hickling LANCASHIRE REVIEWS OF THE YEAR 'Compelling and thought-provoking' -- Tom Gatti THE TIMES 'Thrilling and tautly written' THE TIMES 'Heart-stopping read' -- Amanda Craig THE TIMES

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About Marcus Sedgwick

Marcus Sedgwick is a full time author. His first novel, Floodland, won the Branford Boase Award for the best debut children's novel of 2000. Since then his books have been shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award, the Costa Book Award, the Carnegie Medal and the Edgar Allan Poe Award. He lives near Cambridge. Find his website at and follow him on Twitter @marcussedgwick.

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