The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick

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THE DAYS BETWEEN Christmas and New Year’s Eve are dead days, when spirits roam and magic shifts restlessly just beneath the surface of our lives. A magician called Valerian must save his own life within those few days or pay the price for the pact he made with evil so many years ago. But alchemy and sorcery are no match against the demonic power pursuing him. Helping him is his servant, Boy, a child with no name and no past. The quick-witted orphan girl, Willow, is with them as they dig in death fields at midnight, and as they are swept into the sprawling blackness of a subterranean city on a journey from which there is no escape.

Praise for The Book of Dead Days:

“Beautifully paced and sometimes blood-soaked. . . . A very tangible sense of evil.”—The Guardian

“Subtle menace and power.”—The Independent

“Packed with drama, mystery, and intrigue.”—The Bookseller

About Marcus Sedgwick

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Marcus Sedgwick is the author of White Crow and Revolver, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in the UK and was named a Printz Honor book in the US. The author of eleven widely admired previous novels, he lives near Cambridge, England.
Published December 18, 2007 by Wendy Lamb Books. 290 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In an 18th-century European city that’s grand but decaying, a desperate and mysterious quest occurs during the year’s “Dead Days.” The period from December 27 to 31 is different from the rest of the year, though Boy doesn’t know why.

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The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick 264pp, Orion, £8.99 Cameras obscura - careful with that plural - don't feature much in children's books, then suddenly two come along at once;

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It is in these last few days of the year that the magician Valerian and his assistant Boy search for an arcane book that contains the secret to saving Valerian's life, and of Boy's origins.

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