Runemarks

Runemarks

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By (author) Joanne Harris

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  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback | 528 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 194mm x 34mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 2 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0552778982
  • ISBN 13: 9780552778985
  • Sales rank: 131,516

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Seven o'clock on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the End of the World, and goblins had been at the cellar again. Maddy Smith has always been an outsider. In a world ruled by the harsh and puritanical Order, she is shunned for the strange birthmark on her left hand. For this is no ordinary birthmark - it is a runemark, a sign of the old gods. In fact, Maddy can do things that no-one else can, things that could be called magic. But not until she meets the old traveller One-Eye, an outsider like herself, does she learn what power she really has, and what she will be asked to do with it. In "Runemarks", Joanne Harris creates a world not unlike our own - if it had been shaped by the Vikings instead of the Romans - and colours it with her familiar blend of rich imagery and gritty realism. A disenchanted world, where the gods died long ago. Can Maddy bring them back to life?

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Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a Doctor Who novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game Zombies, Run!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre projects as well as developing an original drama for television. In 2000, her 1999 novel Chocolat was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.

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"Loved Runemarks...a core fantasy much like the stories of David Eddings or Terry Brooks, with a cool twist on Norse mythology" -- Stephenie Meyer "An inventive, moving and witty novel that is hard to put down" TES "If the likes of Philip Pullman's Northern Lights had you bewitched, then Runemarks is certainly worth a read." Heat Magazine "Joanne Harris, best known as the author of Chocolat, is good at beginnings and pay-offs: each of the chapters in this nine-part fantasy epic has a punchy finish that makes you want to read on...Especially enjoyable are Harris's aphorisms, her satire of joyless piety, and the comically irreverent vernacular spoken by a dissolute goblin and the trickster god Loki" The Sunday Times "She is so terrific, she can write about anywhere, anything, anyone." Daily Telegraph