The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray

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Orchard Books, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 292 pages
123 Reviews
The Alienest meets Dracula in this gripping, gothic-horror thriller from young UK phenom Chris Wooding.

Thaniel, just seventeen, is a wych-hunter. Together, he and Cathaline - his friend and mentor - track down the fearful creatures that lurk in the Old Quarter of London. It is on one of these hunts that he first encounters Alaizabel Cray. Alaizabel is half-crazed, lovely, and possessed. Whatever dreadful entity has entered her soul has turned her into a strange and unearthly magnet - attracting evil and drawing horrors from ever dark corneer. Cathaline and Thaniel must discover its cause - and defend humanity at all costs.

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No attention to prose. - Goodreads
That's a plot failing for me right there. - Goodreads
Really creative book with quite a surprise ending. - Goodreads
... the plot was kind of a mess. - Goodreads
Good, suspenseful page turner. - Goodreads
The ending felt a spot abrupt, but I expected it. - Goodreads

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User Review  - DanielAlgara - LibraryThing

No attention to prose. This garbage reads like a first draft. One that should have been tossed. Maybe it's an airplane read for the fans of steampunk (oh, thank God that's going the way of the purple ... Read full review

Review: The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray

User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

The book is set in the mythical London of the Industrial Revolution with wych-kin, which are basically the legends of years and years made real. There are candle-jacks and ghouls prowling the ... Read full review

About the author (2001)

Chris Wooding began writing at the age of 16, and his first novel Crashing was published when he was 19. Since that time, he's written dozens of novels in several genres, notably the award-winning The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray; Poison; Storm Thief; the Malice series; and the graphic novel, Pandemonium.

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