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Wormwood (Wormwood #1)

3.12  ·  Rating Details ·  1,360 Ratings  ·  124 Reviews
In 1756, as a deadly comet hurtles toward London, Dr. Sabian Blake and his fourteen-year-old housemaid, Agetta, struggle against dark forces that seek an ancient, powerful book in Blake's possession that would enable them to carry out an evil plan in which Agetta unknowingly plays a pivotal role.
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published August 20th 2004 by Faber & Faber (first published January 1st 2004)
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kayla denine
Jan 07, 2013 kayla denine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. i was very frustrated when i read the reviews here that said this book was 'crazy' and 'didn't make sense'. this book is about the end of the world and is a Christian book and i'm pretty sure a lot of people didn't see or didn't acknowledge that.
Elysia Fields
Feb 28, 2009 Elysia Fields rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to be bored to death
What a nightmare.

As I started to read the book, I had this ominous feeling that I am going to regret it. Guess what? I did. BIG TIME. I am telling the honest-to-goodness truth when I say that this is, by far, the WORST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.

But it seems that I am fated to encounter this worm-eaten book. As fate would have it, this is the only book that I found in our house that I have not yet read.

I have this constant headache while I am reading the book. Totally tepid plot. Am
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Lindsay
Dec 07, 2009 Lindsay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, z2009
To be honest, by the end of this book I didn't particularly care if the comet smashed into earth or not.
Tyas
Aug 25, 2009 Tyas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like Philip Pullman and Guillermo del Toro
This book is about confusion: the confusion of the Londoners as a comet approached the city closer and closer in the middle of the 18th century; the confusion of Sabian Blake, who knew more about the sky-dragon, thanks to a dangerous book of secret knowledge sent to him by a mysterious person. And the readers are supposed to be confused too: characters appearing suddenly from alleyways, doing their own things, seemingly unconnected with the other events in the book, and then fleeting away as if ...more
Kayleigh
Sep 30, 2016 Kayleigh rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'll usually finish a book even if it's shit, but for this i'm making an exception. I can't muster up the willpower to start chapter 5 so in the bin it goes!
Ron
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A Book Vacation
Jun 19, 2011 A Book Vacation rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The back of the book doesn’t do this novel justice! I bought it because it was a dollar, and I really didn’t want to read it, but I needed to spend another dollar to get free shipping. This book is phenomenal! It is fast paced and has tons of twists and turns. What the back of the book doesn’t tell you is this is about the end of the world, angels, demons, and witchcraft. If I had known that, I would have picked it up right away. Disregard that this book takes place in the 1700s, especially if y ...more
Rebecca
I spent most of the book trying to decide if I liked it or not. Very interesting. Well written. But odd. By the time I finished it, though, I decided I did like it. An intriguing read, though a bit difficult to get into.
Below
Jun 11, 2012 Below rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I know I was really torturing myself reading this after I hated Shadowmancer with a passion, but it was in the house. I paid 15p for it ages ago.

The good things about this book: it IS better than Shadowmancer. It feels less over the top preachy although it goes more into this territory later on in the story.

The problems with this novel are: I honestly could not tell which characters were the ones that were meant to be sympathetic.

(spoilers from here on in)

Blake? I know the author set him u
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Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 22/09/2005
Author: G.P. Taylor
Recomended for: fans of fantasty and young adults

I read this back of this book and thought it sounded 'okay' then after reading it I thought it was an amazing book! If you like books that are fast paced with plenty of twists and turns throughout then this is a good book for you! This book is part of an incredible series by G.P Taylor, it can be a stand alone book or be read in sequence. If you just read the back of this book then turn around and walk away
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Janine
Aug 07, 2008 Janine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Janine by: Janine
I kept waiting for this book to get better. When I reached the end, all I could say was... 'That was it?!?' I kept waiting to find something about the characters I liked. Unfortunately I couldn't find any redeeming qualities to make me care if anyone in this story lived or died. The storyline was good enough to keep me from abandoning the book altogether and to continue reading in the hopes it would get better by the end. But ultimately I was dissapointed for my efforts. This is the first book I ...more
Amber
Aug 22, 2012 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a bit confusing at first but when the book got settled in it was pretty wicked. It's about the apocalypse(like everything else I read) And how the fate of the world tips at the naming of the comet that has appeared in the sky.
Marchel
Doh nyesel banget ambil buku ini saat bookswap IRF 2011.

Tema nda jelas, jalan cerita nda jelas, akhir cerita juga membuat kening berkerut.

Kalo ibarat makanan, ini makanan basi, keras saat dikunyah, dan sangat butuh minum saat menelannya.

Calon untuk dibuang jauh-jauh.
Kimberlei Taylor
I like a lot about the book...the imagery, the chapter titles, setting, time, and characters but I didn't get emotionally involved with any of them.
Vlapsa
Nov 26, 2016 Vlapsa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
šī grāmata ir lielisks pierādījums teicienam, ka jāsapīpējas, lai ko tādu sarakstītu... patiešām balts murgs:)))
Jaci
Nov 15, 2009 Jaci rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book pissed me off. I originally found it at The Armadillo's Pillow, a tiny used bookstore in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. I saw the title, and read the description, and seeing as I'm usually interested in this type of fantasy, I picked it up for $2.50. I'm glad I didn't pay any more for it.

The story starts out awesome. A Cabalist (which, on it's own, a cabal just means a secret sect, but after reading the book I think this is supposed to be a lame parallel of Kabbalah) scientis
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Melissa
I am just going to come out and say that I don't know quite what to make of this book. (And in many ways, I think it is more difficult to review audiobooks because the reading can really sway my opinion of the book.) In this case, I will admit that I am glad I listened to the audio version as opposed to reading the book, because I think I enjoyed it more thanks to Davina Porter's incredible reading. My understanding is that she has read many audio books, so I may actually seek out those that she ...more
Kim Dyer
May 23, 2014 Kim Dyer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-on-blog
I was pleasantly surprised to find that 'Wormwood' was far more enjoyable than 'Shadowmancer'. However, most things in life are better than 'Shadowmancer' and so that's really not much of an endorsement.

While I liked the general idea of the plot, I felt that Taylor did not use it to its full effect. The slow descent of the comet, gradually causing London to fall to chaos, could have made for a dramatic and suspenseful story. However, Taylor seemed to largely forget about this until the climax an
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Melies Buchlounge
London, 18. Jahrhundert. Auf mysteriöse Art und Weise bekommt der Astronom Dr. Sabian Blake ein Buch zugespielt, um das sich zahlreiche Legenden ranken. Doch er ist nicht der Einzige, der ein Interesse an dem Buch besitzt. Gelehrte und Dämonen, Betrüger und Unsterbliche: Sie alle sind auf der verzweifelten Suche danach. Denn das NEMORENSIS enthält eine Prophezeiung, die Macht über die gesamte Menschheit verspricht: die Ankunft des Himmelsdrachen. Und in 21 Tagen ist es so weit...

Meine Meinung zu
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Cameron
Dec 25, 2008 Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this series backwards, I have Shadowmancer but I got Wormwood on audio from the library.



Panic fills the streets of London on a night in 1756 when the earth suddenly lurches forward and starts spinning out of control. Within moments, eleven days and nights flash through the sky, finally leaving the city in total darkness. Is the end of the world at hand?

Agetta Lamian fears so. She's the young housemaid of Dr. Sabian Blake, a scientist who has recently acquired the Nemorensis, the legendary
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Hannah
Dec 15, 2012 Hannah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To begin with, I wasn't sure I could get into this book. Some stories are easy enough to slip into, like a second skin. Although this book is good, it takes a little work to start with.
For me, I think the reason for this was that the destruction of the 'sky-quake' at the beginning of the story, when Dr. Blake sees Wormwood in the sky through his telescope, was described as happening to crowds of people, and because of that I found it difficult to imagine. Maybe if G.P. Taylor had described the t
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Michael
Oct 02, 2011 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: reader who enjoyed shadowmancer
While it has been quite some time since I read this book, the overall narrative disappointed me. As a fifteen year old at the time, I had just finished G.P. Taylor's Shadowmancer (the beginning of this series), and eagerly dove into the next episode in this strange adventure. The main problem, as I see it, is that I never cared for the heroine of this story. While other sympathetic characters rose and fell (including the antagonist), I really did not care if this girl came to an unsavory end. Th ...more
Andrea Blythe
I've had Wormwood sitting on my bookshelf for years. I'm not entirely sure when or why I originally grabbed it, except that it implied magic. There was magic, as well as comets and demons and angels. The book had some potential. The writing wasn't bad and there were some interesting idea, but it ultimately fell flat for me.

The details to the world building seemed a little off. It didn't quite seem like 1756 London. Parts of it felt too modern, like some of the dialog. Other parts made it feel l
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Sisi Emm
I feel guilty giving this only one star, but it can't be helped. I couldn't finish it.

Wormwood is intriguing and I really wanted to love it. I tried loving it.
A comet hurtles toward Earth, heralding the end of times. Somewhere there's an angel trapped in chains. A little girl in a loveless home. The book of the Devil. It's got atmosphere and mystery, a world dark and dangerous, yet full of wonder.

But the sad thing is that I simply didn't care for any of its characters. None. It does a hopscot
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Mazzeo
Dec 26, 2007 Mazzeo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy/Science Fiction Fans
"Wormwood" is a third person narrative focused on several angels, some good and some fallen, struggle for power as a Sky Dragon heads toward London. It terms of plot, the piece was fantasy and mildly interesting. What really impressed me about this novel was the amount of effort the author put into each character, by the end of the book all primary and secondary characters were 3-D, with clear personalities and motives. Additionally, the level of intricacy used to maneuver the characters feels o ...more
Book Wormy
Jun 27, 2014 Book Wormy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bw-tbr
Wormwood J P Taylor


Published by Faber and Faber 2004

312 Pages

Book 1 of 2

Set in London in 1756 this is a fantasy/ steam punk novel about a comet called Wormwood, a book called the Nemorensis and the eternal battle between good and evil.

Caught up in the battle are a serving girl cum thief Agetta, her employer Dr Sabian Blake a scientist looking for the truth of the universe and experimenting with magic, several human characters with questionable motives and at least 2 fallen angels.

This was an int
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Jose Bonilla
Nov 01, 2012 Jose Bonilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far its about a scientist, named Blake, that studies the universe and looks at the stars with a telescope hoping to find a special star. However one night he sees a flying comet and the comet made the sky to turn black. The people of the square town began to panic and animals started to bark and run all around the town. Dogs and Horses chased people around snapping and biting whatever it stood on its way. Blake looks outside his windows and notices how the people is behaving but at the same t ...more
Mr. Holt
Wormwood is a fine novel about the end of the world, angels, Cabala and the mystic, and a young girl. With the beautiful yet sordid backdrop of London, England, the author paints a historically accurate picture of the times throughout the story. An alchemist uncovers a mysterious and powerful book of magic that leads him to predict the end of the world, inaccurately. The author uses other minor characters to fully explore the intricate plot. While the book was well written in brilliant prose wit ...more
Alyson
Sep 13, 2015 Alyson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Agetta Lamian, servant girl to Dr Sabian Blake, who discovers that a comet, Wormwood is on its way to obliterate London. Trying to save the world are the angels, one of whom is bound to save the life of Blake, while another is set to take over the body of Agetta.
I loved the descriptions and the setting of this story. It brings eighteenth century London to life with smells, sounds, people and emotions. But I was disappointed with the plot which seemed to add another person o
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Cypress Ruby
Jun 28, 2015 Cypress Ruby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
2,5 stars actually. Yes I can give this one the half star to compete with the last book I read. Or maybe I should re-rate the books I've rate so far. I'm getting cheaper in this ratings. I can't say I hate this book, which I don't, but I can't say I like it either. Becaussssse it took the name of Kabbalah's belief, at the very first page. So, I can guess where this is going. Yep, apocalypse, demon and angel thingy again. *bang my head on the table three times*. I'm getting tired with this theme. ...more
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(born 1958 in Scarborough, North Yorkshire), pen-name G. P. Taylor, is the author of the best-selling novels Shadowmancer, Wormwood and Tersias. Before taking up writing full-time, he was an Anglican vicar in the village of Cloughton, North Yorkshire.
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