Wormwood by G. P. Taylor

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An epic adventure from a master storyteller.

Panic fills the streets of London on a night in 1756 when the earth suddenly lurches forward and starts spinning out of control. Within moments, eleven days and nights flash through the sky, finally leaving the city in total darkness. Is the end of the world at hand?

Agetta Lamian fears so. She's the young housemaid of Dr. Sabian Blake, a scientist who has recently acquired the Nemorensis, the legendary book said to unlock the secrets of the universe. And what he sees through his telescope confirms what he has read: This disaster is only a sign of things to come. Agetta overhears Dr. Blake's prophecy that a star called Wormwood is headed toward London, where it will fall from the sky and strike a fatal blow.

Dr. Blake believes the comet will either end the world as he knows it or hearken a new age of scientific and spiritual enlightenment. Soon even Agetta seems to have been seduced by the book, and whom she ultimately delivers it to will determine much more than just her fate.
 

About G. P. Taylor

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G.P. Taylor is the author of New York Times bestseller Shadowmancer and many other books including Wormwood, Tersius and the Dopple Ganger Chronicles. Before taking up writing full-time, he was an Anglican vicar in North Yorkshire, England.
 
Published January 1, 2004 by Penguin Young Readers Group. 288 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Horror. Fiction

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Excruciatingly violent, this sequel to the popular Shadowmancer (p. 230) takes its visual images into full-tilt nightmare mode.

Jun 24 2010 | Read Full Review of Wormwood

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In his second novel, Taylor brings some cohesion and depth to his series, but the prose, atmospheric though it may be, is still convoluted. Here he introduces a London doctor named Sabian Blake. On

Aug 16 2004 | Read Full Review of Wormwood

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The plot quickly thickens, often to a muddied soup, but the reappearance of Abram Rickards, who aided Thomas and Kate in Shadowmancer , signals that the doctor is a good guy ("I am your angel," Abram says to Blake).

Aug 16 2004 | Read Full Review of Wormwood

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Blake held fast to the telescope and tripod, hoping that each jolt would be the last, hoping that each dawn would not blast into daylight then into night --- hoping that whatever was now striking the world would stop.

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Yerzinia also marks Agetta by burning her palm, a wound that continues to burn with fire long after Agetta's return home where her father is showing Sarapuk the celestial being in the attic, who he hopes to profit from by displaying in a freak show.

Sep 09 2004 | Read Full Review of Wormwood

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It says that the comet WORMWOOD is coming .

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SciFi Online

Dr Sabian Blake - astronomer, scientist, and master of the Kabbalah - is in possession of the Nemorensis, an ancient leather-bound book that holds the secrets of the universe.

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