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Black Arts: The Books of Pandemonium (The Books of Pandemonium #1)

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Elizabethan London: a teeming city of traders and thieves, courtiers and preachers, riff-raff and quality, cut-throats—and demons. When scrunty Jack the “Judicious Nipper” picks the wrong pocket at the Globe Theatre, he finds himself mixed up in an altogether more dangerous London than he could have imagined—a city in which magic is real and deadly.

An outbreak of devil-wor
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ebook, 496 pages
Published March 29th 2012 by Random House Children’s Publishers UK (first published January 1st 2009)
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FantasyWereld
May 21, 2013 FantasyWereld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adults
In het Londen van 1592 worden satanische gruweldaden gepleegd en in de zoektocht naar de schuldigen worden onschuldige vrouwen als heks op de brandstapel gegooid. Het volk is bang en laat zich opzwepen door dominee Webb. Deze dominee belooft Londen te zuiveren van het eeuwenoude kwaad. Maar niet alles is zoals het lijkt. Daar komt Jack, een lid van het plaatselijke dievengilde, tegen wil en dank achter. Op een dag berooft hij de verkeerde persoon en krijgt hij een duister voorwerp in zijn bezit. ...more
Teresa
Dec 04, 2012 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful romp of an adventure set in Elizabethan London and filled with vivid, memorable characters who thrive in the criminal underworld. This is an excellent start to a series which is a perfect combination of historical and fantasy fiction with dashes of the occult, religious fervour gone wrong and the most wonderful use of language.

Prentice and Weil conjure up a seedy, salacious London which will captivate fantasy fans of all ages. It's a long, intense read and has some scenes whi
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Bücherfresser
Mar 27, 2013 Bücherfresser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
"Abenteuerliche Magie im historischen London"


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Jack lebt im London 1592. Er verdient sich sein Geld durch Taschendiebe. Doch als er eines Tages einem wohlhabendem Fremden die Geldbörse stehlt, beginnt ein turbulentes Abenteuer. Auf einmal taucht Jack in eine völlig andere Welt ein, voller Magie. Schnell wird Jack klar, dass die Magie um ihn herum Gefahren birgt, denn der Magier Nicholas Webb treibt nicht nur die Jagd nach Magiern an, sondern will in London auch einen gefährlichen Dämon rufe
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Marie-Claire
Mar 07, 2013 Marie-Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
London, 1592. Als der Taschendieb Jack einem geheimnisvollen Fremden die Geldbörse stiehlt, gerät er in ein Abenteuer, das er niemals für möglich gehalten hätte. Plötzlich sieht er überall Dämonen. Tödliche Magie breitet sich in der Stadt aus und grausige Morde haben Hexenjäger auf den Plan gerufen. Der eifrigste unter ihnen, Nicholas Webb, ruft dazu auf, die Stadt von Dämonen zu befreien. Doch er spielt ein falsches Spiel. Und Jack hat ein ganz persönliches Motiv, ihn zu hassen: Webb hat seine ...more
Rosy
Apr 09, 2012 Rosy rated it it was amazing
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The phrase ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ should be used liberally around me. I’m terrible at it – it’s not the be all and end all on whether I’ll read the book, but it does usually form a fairly strong impression and guide me on whether I look further. Which is exactly what I did with this one. Sorry but I really, really dislike this cover. I took one look and decided I couldn’t possibly be interested. But th
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Tanja Voosen
Mar 08, 2013 Tanja Voosen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buchgestaltung

I Like! :) Ich mag die Gestaltung des Buches wirklich sehr gerne. Dass der Rahmen praktisch das Motiv, bestehend aus Dämonen ist, im Stil von alten Holzschnitten finde ich sehr gelungen. Auch die Farben passen gut zusammen. Den Fokus auf den Titel, der übrigens spitze ist und die Autorennamen, ist auch mal ne gute Abwechslung.

Meinung

Das Buch hat mir genau das gegeben, was ich erwartete habe. Ein spannendes Abenteuer in einer anderen Zeitepoche in einer der besten Städte der Welt:
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Sarah Briggs
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).

(This review may contain spoilers).

When I opened the book and read the first line, it immediately grabbed me. I often think that it's the first few lines that decide whether or not I'm going to enjoy a book or not - if it doesn't start well, then it's not likely to get better.

I wasn't quite sure what to make of Jack at first. He seemed to come across almost as an artful dodger type, but it took me a little while to warm t
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Emma
Mar 14, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Review by Madison

Jack (Nipper as he is known) is a thief, when he cuts the wrong purse he ends up in a completely different London to the one he is used to. As well as travelling through time he gains the ability to see demons/devils, this is where his search for Preacher Webb begins. Preacher Webb is also the man that killed Jack's mother. Jack is hindered in his search by his ties to his Master, Sharkwell, whose rules must be obeyed or else.

My favorite part of this book happens near the end, I
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Jürgen Zeller
Die neblige Metropole an der Themse mit dem legendären Tower inspiriert immer wieder Schriftsteller zu unterschiedlichsten Geschichten. Londons zahlreiche Stadtteile mit teilweise klangvollen Namen bieten aber auch einen hervorragenden Schauplatz für historische und/oder phantasiereiche Erzählungen. Während in den reichen Vierteln die wohlhabenden Kaufleute von florierenden Geschäften träumen schlafen die Menschen in den Elendshäusern ihren Alkoholrausch aus. In diesem Roman träumen unter der St ...more
Jan (lost pages)
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Heute ist ein wichtiger Tag für Jack. Heute muss er sich beweisen und zeigen, ob er das Zeug zum "richtigen" Taschendieb hat und bereit ist, für Sharkwell zu arbeiten - wie es schon seine Mutter vor ihm getan hat. Lange hat er sich vorbereitet und somit schafft er die Prüfungen mit Leichtigkeit. Als er einem Passanten die Tasche klaut und darin eine Pfeife entdeckt, bekommt er bei genauerer Betrachtung des Gegenstandes ein seltsames Pulver ins Auge - ab sofort sieht Jack die Welt mit ande
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Yami
Dec 07, 2013 Yami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
while I was in the bookstore I picked this book by random..to be surprised it WAS on my to-read list...coincidence or subconscious work? either way am glad I picked it up.

the book has a unique pattern yet it seemed familiar and amusing, If you read the Bartimaeus books by Jonathan Stroud and liked it..then THIS IS THE BOOK for YOU, and vise versa ;)

the story is about Jack.."lucky" Jack and how his black luck lead him to unpredictable, not so fortunate events, making thieving and getting caught t
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Kirsty (overflowing library)
Not doing it for me right now. Moving on. Hopefully I'll come back to it soonish.
Tavo
Jul 16, 2013 Tavo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jugendbuch
Ein super Buch, auch für Erwachsenen
Es geht um Jack, den Taschendieb, der an einem Tag, die Aufnahmeprüfung beim Meisterganoven Sharkwell besteht und seine Mutter verliert. Für Jack beginnt seit diesem Tag ein neues Leben bei Sharkwell, als Dieb und er gerät von einem Abenteuer ins nächste.
Gelungenes Erstlingswerk für alle die London, Abenteuer und Magie mögen.
Emma  de Brabander
Ik had met mezelf gewed dat ik dit geval binnen een uur uit kon lezen. Heb nog een kwartier over
Stevie
Nov 08, 2013 Stevie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own
Set in the 16th century London, it is about Jack, who's mother gets killed and he ends up as a thief in the biggest thief family in London.
While it is well written, the story's intent is sometimes not quite clear. It draw me in at times with how it was written, but it didn't hold my interest, I have to admit.
Jayne Morton
Jul 03, 2013 Jayne Morton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love this book about magic dark arts and wll thay stuff am one big fan of that stuff very good read would recommend to those who like all this kind of stuff
Vivien
Oct 04, 2014 Vivien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great young adult historian fantasy! I love that this plays in London!
A great book, also for boys!!
Kenneth
Dec 14, 2013 Kenneth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the book as it mixed magic and Victorian times together.
Kirsty
Jul 08, 2013 Kirsty marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads.
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