Pandemonium by Chris Wooding

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Acclaimed author Chris Wooding's first graphic novel -- fun fantasy-adventure with a macabre twist!

Seifer's life is about to become a royal pain. . . . As captain of the local skullball team, Seifer Tombchewer is the envy of his peers. He's fast, he's strong, and he flies circles around the competition. But Seifer's always dreamed of more--of leaving his tiny, remote village for a new life beyond the mountains.

He just never dreamed it would happen like this. Knocked unconscious and abducted, Seifer awakens in the royal palace to learn that Prince Talon Pandemonium has gone missing. And since Seifer is a ringer for Talon, it's his duty to replace the missing royal in his roles of diplomat, warrior, and Lord Defender of the Realm.

He might fool Talon's sisters. He might fool Talon's army. But Seifer has little hope of fooling Talon's enemies. . . .

Chris Wooding and debut artist Cassandra Diaz team for a classic tale of mistaken identity set against the breathtakingly original backdrop of the Darkling Realm.
 

About Chris Wooding

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For the young, impressively prolific author Chris Wooding, writing has always been of interest. Wooding was born in 1977 in Leicester, an ex-mining town in England. To escape from a relatively monotonous environment during his youth, he became an avid reader of fantasy, sci-fi, and horror stories by such authors as C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card. His familiarity with these genres has helped shape his own style and preference for writing.Wooding began writing at the age of 16, and his first novel Crashing was published when he was 19. He spent his next few years writing extensively while studying English Literature at the University of Sheffield. His works from this period include a wide range of styles from fantasy to political works to teenage stories.The 27-year-old author has now completed 17 books and many short stories. In 2004, Scholastic published his critically acclaimed novel, The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, a horror story set in Victorian England and originally published in England. Wooding received several awards for this novel including the Silver Award and was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal. In addition, Wooding is developing a script for the screen adaptation of The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray.In his free time, Wooding likes to participate in backpacking, touring with his band, and listening to ska music. He has traveled extensively to places such as America, Southeast Asia, and Germany. Currently, Wooding resides in London.Cassandra Diaz is a recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She lives in Houston, Texas. Pandemonium is her first published work.
 
Published July 30, 2013 by Graphix. 176 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Set in a Darkling Realm of horned, bat-winged people, the tale takes young Seifer Tombchewer (his name inherited from an ancestor who went bonkers after eating “something poisonous that fell asleep in his porridge”) to the royal palace of Pandemonium, where he’s given the choice of temporarily ma...

Feb 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Pandemonium

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Seifer Tombchewer is a star athlete in the boonies of the Darkling Realm, a kingdom of winged people ruled by the powerful Pandemonium clan.

Feb 13 2012 | Read Full Review of Pandemonium

The Trades

But when Seifer is kidnapped and brought many leagues to the kingdom of the realm, where he is coerced into filling in for the missing prince, Talon Pandemonium -- an exact lookalike for Seifer.

Dec 22 2011 | Read Full Review of Pandemonium

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True, the plot is about as hoary as it gets — young Seifer is plucked from obscurity to serve as a lookalike fill-in for the realm’s prince and does a better job than his predecessor — but thankfully Wooding refuses to take any part of the story seriously and constantly fills the book silly asides.

Mar 23 2012 | Read Full Review of Pandemonium

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