The Beast of Noor

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 512 pages
59 Reviews
Now in paperback along with its sequel, what Booklist calls “an eerie, atmospheric tale, full of terror and courage, set in a convincingly realized magical realm.”

Do not wander in the deeps where the Shriker's shadow creeps.
When he rises from beneath. Beware the sharpness of his teeth.

For over 300 years, a monster known as the Shriker has roamed Shalem Wood, terrorizing the villagers who live on its edges and slaughtering those unfortunate enough to wander on to his path. The people of Noor have lived in fear for so long that most of them have forgotten that once upon a time the Shriker was just a loyal dog, until the day when he was cruelly betrayed by his master and cursed to live a bloodthirsty life, always seeking revenge for the fate his owner dealt him. But Miles and Hanna Ferrell have not forgotten where the Shriker came from--how could they? It was their ancestor who betrayed the dog...

A tale of terror and magic that channels Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Beast of Noor tells the story of two siblings determined to set their family free and break the curse of the Shriker or die trying.

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Excellent research to base a book upon. - Goodreads
I could not put this book down and loved the ending. - Goodreads
Ending was well written, but unclimactic. - Goodreads
Good story line and plot twists. - Goodreads
The plot however was much too long. - Goodreads

Review: The Beast of Noor (Noor #1)

User Review  - Tom - Goodreads

Nicely written and full of character and atmosphere. Read full review

Review: The Beast of Noor (Noor #1)

User Review  - Maranda Sharp - Goodreads

This is my all-time FAVORITE book EVER!!! i dont know how the heck anyone could NOT like it. i loved how it mixed adventure and fantasy in with everything else that made it up. When i discovered that ... Read full review


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JANET LEE CAREY grew up in Marin County California surrounded by whispering redwoods. Sunlight cut through ocean mist and fingered through the branches. It was in this magical place that she first dreamed of writing books. Her award-winning teen fantasy novels are translated into many languages. Some include: The Dragons of Noor, which won a Teens Read Too Gold Star Award for Excellence, Stealing Death, which received a School Library Journal starred review, Dragon’s Keep, an ALA Best Books for Young Adults, and Wenny Has Wings, a Mark Twain Award recipient and a Sony Feature Film Japan, 2008. Janet lives with her family, dusty book stacks, and imperious cat near Phantom Lake in Washington. Visit Janet online at

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