ISBN 9780552555753,Runemarks



Joanne Harris


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ISBN 9780552555753

Corgi Childrens

Publication Year 2008

ISBN 9780552555753

ISBN-10 0552555754


Number of Pages 528 Pages
Language (English)


Seven o?clock, on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the end of the world, and goblins had been at the cellar again?nnMaddy Smith was born with a rusty-coloured runemark on her hand ? a symbol of the old gods and definitely cause for suspicion. For magic is dangerous. Or so everyone thinks. But Maddy enjoys working magic. Even if it is just to control some pesky goblins. And every time her friend, One-Eye - a good-for-nowt Outlander - comes by, he teaches her more and more about the gods and the runes.nnNow he wants Maddy to open Red Horse Hill and descend into World Below to retrieve a relic of the old gods. Otherwise it is likely to be the End of Everything. Again . . . nnAn epic romp into the heart of the old Norse tales: wild, dangerous, richly inventive and superbly imaginative. About the Author Joanne Harris is the author of the Whitbread-shortlisted Chocolat (made into a major film starring Juliette Binoche), Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, Jigs & Reels, Sleep Pale Sister, Gentlemen & Players and, with Fran Warde, The French Kitchen: A Cookbook and The French Market: More Recipes from a French Kitchen. She lives in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, with her husband and daughter. Runemarks is her first children's novel. Table of Contents Joanne Harris, best known as the author of Chocolat, is good at beginnings and pay-offs: each of the chapters in this nine-part fantasy epic has a punchy finish that makes you want to read on...Especially enjoyable are Harris?s aphorisms, her satire of joyless piety, and the comically irreverent vernacular spoken by a dissolute goblin and the trickster god Loki,Her dramatic story rollocks along for 536 pages with magical transformations, nets of blue fire and a spunky heroine,An inventive, moving and witty novel that is hard to put down,Rich, comic, dark and brilliantly conceived . . .Part of the skill Joanne Harris brings to her writing is her evocative descriptions. These are never gratuitous for they all add to the necessary unfolding of both character and plot,This is a fantastic romp through the world of ancient magic, which should appeal to all adventure lovers aged 10-12 and above.,Runemarks is a hugely enjoyable addition to the canon of modern fantasy. I was gripped from start to finish by the wry humour, pacy and imaginative plot as well as its satisfying ending,Runemarks a wonderful addition to the rich past of the Norse gods, taking the stories of the Elder Age and answering the questions ?What if the world didn't end like it was supposed to?? ?What if the prophecies were wrong?? Featuring Runic magic, goblins, Fa?rie legends, Underworld wars, hidden Oracles, doomsday prophecies and shapeshifting gods, Maddy?s adventures take readers into the heart of Norse mythology and the fates of the gods. Whether you?re an avid fan of Norse mythology or not, you won't want to miss Maddy?s action-packed adventure and her discovery of a place where she can finally belong.,This is Joanne Harris' first foray into teen fantasy fiction and it is mind-blowing. She certainly doesn't tone it down for her youthful readership...if you like fantasy that stretches the mind, this one is for you. Four out of five stars.,...the author of Chocolat has produced a marks for Runemarks. Five out if five stars.,A fascinating book.,Joanne Harris deploys a big cast in relentless action across a cosmic panorama. This is a mighty feat of storytelling, and a fascinating re-envisionement of Norse mythology.