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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,310 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:
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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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Rylan | 2/3/2014

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

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