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3.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 5 3.63 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcus Sedgwick Narrator: Roger Rees Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Book of Dead Days Series Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9781400090525
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sedgwick’s atmosphere is so well rendered, the fog on the cobblestone streets so tangibly thick, that most readers will get caught up in this exotic era and its creepy characters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is a haunting novel, and the possibility of more is definitely enticing.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Beautifully paced…A very tangible sense of evil.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Subtle menace and power.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Packed with drama, mystery, and intrigue.”

    Bookseller

  • A 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Young Adult Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Palak mevada | 2/15/2014

    " it a total horror! =P "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 2/9/2014

    " Gripping, harsh, dark brooding tale of an orphan boy called 'Boy' apprenticed to a magician slowly going mad in between Christmas and the New Year. Wonderful stuff "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 2/5/2014

    " Surprisingly engaging novel for young adults. Mixes magic and curses with an adventurous, sometimes very dark storyline. It had me turning the pages throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rylan | 2/3/2014

    " I was extremely impressed by this book. It was incredibly gripping and simply amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hyper Chick | 1/30/2014

    " I was so surprised at how much i liked this book. at the time i was in for a scary book, this really isnt other than a little bit of gore... but i hung on to it until finished. A good book that wont thak to long but to short to read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Fireflie | 1/29/2014

    " I couldn't get passed the first few chapters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisa M | 1/28/2014

    " I thought the story as a whole was very good, and it moves along quite quickly. But I was not so impressed by the actual writing...sometimes the sentences struck me as somewhat juvenile. Also, the book ends without providing all the answers, so you know you'll be reading the sequel if you want resolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tera Nikolaos | 1/21/2014

    " Fun, easy to read (I am reading a lot of kids books atm!) good characterisation and pretty sweet in places. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 1/18/2014

    " Hocrapyes. It's the atmosphere and the setting that really makes this - the story is fabulous as well, but the feel of it is beyond brilliant. Sends a shiver down your spine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joey | 1/13/2014

    " well i pretty sure the if you like demons and magic spells and people dieing you will like this book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 1/7/2014

    " Very well-written with interesting characters. A little gruesome for younger readers but kind of scary in a fun way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 †☻☯★GothicPrincess (aka alixx )★☯☻ | 1/3/2014

    " Ok, so it really freaked me out, definately not bed-time reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/11/2013

    " Big fun! This was an exciting book. Good story, excellent pace, and interesting characters. I look forward to the next installment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Goldie Marie | 12/9/2013

    " I actually read the Dark Flight Down first and the strange thing is I enjoyed the two part series more this way. The books were both quite thin and I somewhat resented that factor I know it sounds crazy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Severa | 12/7/2013

    " Fantastic book! My favorite next to the Harry Potter series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bcoghill Coghill | 11/26/2013

    " Little convoluted. Is it the first of a series? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 11/5/2013

    " too confusing in the plot, though it could have been seamless. seemed like a very interesting tale, the days between dec 26-31, the dark days. i was let down, but it was 'ok' some of my students like it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 9/23/2013

    " YABC March 2008 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 1/21/2013

    " Well crafted and enjoyable, but ultimately shallow and predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Verna | 11/29/2012

    " I wrote a review on my blog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trent | 2/13/2012

    " I was enjoying this until I got to the end and realized that it had a sequel. Tricky authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 11/14/2011

    " One of my favorites as a kid! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlie | 9/1/2011

    " This was the best book iv'e read in ages! Could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Qing | 8/21/2011

    " Interesting. Pace was okay, writing's decent; be interesting to see what happens in book 2. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 7/6/2011

    " Wonderful and weird in it's setting, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The atmosphere Sedgwick builds is truly captivating, and a long way away from most YA books on the market today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Franki | 4/20/2011

    " It was good but not scary enough "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlotte | 4/17/2011

    " This book was alright - but it was kind of boring.

    It started
    It waffled
    It ended...
    And now they want you to read the sequel?

    Dissapointing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bloodqueen | 2/17/2011

    " Its intresting book different then some other things ive been reading. But i would saw its great book not something i would skip saturday for thou. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 1/16/2011

    " Good writing, imaginative plot. The week between Christmas and New Year's is my favorite. Like the author, I think there is something magical about this time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlie | 1/12/2011

    " This was the best book iv'e read in ages! Could not put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/26/2010

    " Sedgwick's first book - only the second I've read, after Revolver last year, which was superb. Book of Dead Days - fantastic concept, well-written, good story, but didn't hook me as Revolver did. Will certainly try the sequel to BoDD. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaybone | 11/4/2010

    " I thought it was a very good, interesting story line :] "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Evelyn | 10/13/2010

    " It was a bit confusing at first but slowly it started to untwine itself. It truly was a wonderful read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trent | 9/18/2010

    " I was enjoying this until I got to the end and realized that it had a sequel. Tricky authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cedes | 8/8/2010

    " Kind of slow to start, but once you get into it, it's a real pageturner. "

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About the Author
Author Marcus Sedgwick

Marcus Sedgwick, born and raised in East Kent, England, is a widely admired, prizewinning author of fiction for young adults. He won the Branford Boase Award for his debut novel, Floodland, the Booktrust Teenage Prize for My Swordhand Is Singing, and the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award for Midwinterblood. His books have been short-listed for over thirty awards, including five times for the Carnegie Medal, twice for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and four times for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. He teaches creative writing at the Arvon Foundation in England and at Ty Newydd in Wales. He divides his time between a village near Cambridge, England, and a house in the French Alps.

About the Narrator

Roger Rees, Welsh stage, film, and television actor and, more recently, narrator of audiobooks, is known on both sides of the Atlantic. In the United States he received a Tony Award for the Broadway production of Nicholas Nickleby. American TV viewers are familiar with Roger from Cheers, in which he played Robin Colcord. As for audiobooks, Roger has performed in a wide variety of programs, from the L.A. Theatre Works’ production of Lady Windmere’s Fan, to mystery anthologies such as Malice Domestic and thrillers like Pop Goes the Weasel.