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    My Swordhand is Singing (Paperback) By (author) Marcus Sedgwick

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    DescriptionIn 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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    Title
    My Swordhand is Singing
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marcus Sedgwick
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 228 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781842555583
    ISBN 10: 1842555588
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y2.1
    BIC E4L: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: YFB
    BIC reading level and special interest qualifier V2: 5AN
    BIC E4L: F11+
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 22500
    BIC children’s book marketing category: E3N79
    DC22: 823.92
    BIC subject category V2: 5AN
    BISAC V2.8: JUV018000
    Thema V1.0: YFB
    Illustrations note
    12 Line Drawing(s)
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    03 May 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Marcus Sedgwick used to work in children's publishing and before that he was a bookseller. He now happily writes full-time. His books have been shortlisted for many awards, including The GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION AWARD, the BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD, the CARNEGIE MEDAL and the EDGAR ALLAN POE AWARD. Marcus lives in Cambridge and has a teenage daughter, Alice. Find his website at www.marcussedgwick.com and follow him on Twitter @marcussedgwick
    Review quote
    '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
    Review text
    Effective gothic horror with a mystical touch. In 17th-century Europe, young Peter and his alcoholic father, Tomas, have settled down for longer than their transient life usually allows. They live in a vast forest, cutting wood for nearby villagers, but are always estranged. An eerie sense of menace haunts the area. Two bizarre and gruesome murders in a short time couldn't be due to wolves, but Tomas insists that whispers of supernatural danger are mere superstition. Then, because one victim was unmarried, Peter's friend Agnes is forced into a Wedding of the Dead and stowed away for 40 horrifying days of symbolic mourning. Visiting her cabin secretly, Peter confronts the chilling truth: Undead corpses are rising from graves, killing and recruiting more and more humans. Led by new friend Sofia and her Gypsy caravan, Peter and his historically unreliable father find that their only hope lies in a singular old sword and an ancient song with lyrics confronting the emotional essence of the zombie-vampires. Underlying tenderness, overt chills. (author's note) (Fantasy. YA) (Kirkus Reviews)