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    Wednesday
    Oct142009

    New Juicy Review: The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding

     

    Book:            The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray

    Author:          Chris Wooding

    ISBN:             0439546567

    Publisher:      Orchard

    Rating:           Five Stars

    London has been over-run by Wych-kin for twenty years or so after the bombing by the Vernichtung. The city's residents have lived as prisoners terrorized by the nebulous and nefarious Cradle-jacks,Drowned Folk, Wights, Chackh'morg, Rawhead and Bloodybones, Deildegasts,The Hallow Ghoul, The Draug, and Stitch-Face.

    Ultimately at the heart of the evil and the spawning of the Wych-kin lays the Fraternity, a coven of immense power-enough to summon a beast that will lay waste to London and next...the World. It is an invokation twenty years in the making and they will not let anyone stand in their way...

    In the midst of a growing terror emerging from the bowels of the Old Quarter, Thanial Fox Wych-Hunter, Cathaline Bennett, Alaizabel Cray and a rag-tag force embark on a journey to save London by unraveling the sinister core of the Fraternity, and battling spirits enshrouded in the twilight world of their fading city. Hope is against them amid the crimson vortex of a evil so deadly, one could only hope they succeed.

    Chris Woodings, "The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray" is a densely textured vision of apocalyptic London, rife with archaic symbolism and verbiage that weaves an intense page turning journey of wonder. The most brilliantly imaginative, well-written piece of fiction that has been emerged in years-Let Wooding's Alaizabel set a new standard of writing that can only improve like the finest of wines. Worthy of 6 Stars!

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