The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven

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Jack’s best friend, Charlie, is in serious trouble, possessed by an ancient demon called the Scourge who plans to use Charlie to bring about its evil ends—which, unfortunately, involve the destruction of the entire universe.

Now Jack and the butt-kicking, sword-wielding Esme must contend with floating sharks, intelligent jelly, oversized centipedes, gladiator pits, and vomiting bats, all for the sake of saving Charlie from the Scourge.

And, hopefully, saving the universe from total and utter annihilation.


About Sam Enthoven

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For the last ten years Sam Enthoven has been working as a part-time bookseller, living largely on a diet of instant noodles and parsnips while honing his skills as a writer of thrillers for young people. He is passionately - possibly 'certifiably' - committed to the ideal of books that make kids want to read; if you likeThe Black Tattoo, you should see what he writes now he can afford something decent to eat once in a while.
Published January 10, 2008 by Razorbill. 500 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When a strange little man approaches Jack and his best friend Charlie to recruit them into an ancient Brotherhood of demon fighters, Charlie says yes.

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The Guardian

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The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven 488pp, Doubleday, £12.99 The Black Tattoo is fantasy horror: all demons and monsters, meetings with the Devil, and the like.

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Publishers Weekly

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Lee possesses some of the weary working-class grandeur of Michael Caine, shading his reading of Enthoven's debut fantasy novel set in London and the underworld with the occasional broad mannerism, and raising his voice to a goblet-shattering screech for emphasis.

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Teen Reads

But what no one knows is that Nick already has been possessed by the Scourge, and when he passes his powers on to Charlie, he also makes Charlie the Scourge's new host body.

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I thought Enthoven could have done more with the relationship between Charlie and Scourge, there was opportunity for a better examination of power and destruction, but Charlie became an annoying puppet of the demon.

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Distraught after an angry visit with his dad, Charlie races to follow an enigmatic, black-clad stranger with Jack on his heels, dissuading the whole way.

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Youth Services Book Review

Mix in Charlie’s possession by the demon (who literally wants to break all Hell loose), an astonishingly pretty and deadly girl named Esme, and our narrator Jack is feeling not only disappointingly average, but overwhelmed.

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