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Alaizabel Cray painaja

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,112 Ratings  ·  243 Reviews
«Alaizabel Cray painaja» on Woodingi esimene raamat eesti keeles. «Alaizabel» on ühtlasi tema esimene fantaasiaromaan, millega ta eemaldub oma varasematest realistlikest noorsoolugudest, astudes nii temaatiliselt kui stilistiliselt pika sammu edasi.

Chis Wooding on selles raamatus loonud maailma, mida võiks ehk kirjeldada seguna Vampiiritapja Buffy, sherlock Holmesi ja Love
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published 2009 by Tiritamm (first published January 1st 2001)
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I was browsing the YA section of my local library and I stumbled across this book. Or maybe I should say that it called out to me. The blurry cathedral on the cover just promised to be dark and mysterious. I'm a sucker for dark, broody, creepy, gothic (etc) type stories, and this delivered just that.

I haven't read anything by Chris Wooding before, in fact, I'd never even heard of him until I picked up this book. As soon as I'm done writing this review, I'm going to be adding his other books to
Apr 19, 2009 Alexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Navah, my brother, fans of weird fantasy
I really enjoy reading Chris Wooding's novels. There's always something very dark and weird to the worlds he creates, and it makes the stories edgy and exciting. The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray is no exception.

Set in an alternate universe of Victorian London, there are more than just famous serial killers (in this case, it's Stitch-face) to worry about. Ever since the city was bombed, wych-kin have been appearing in the Old Quarter. They kill, possess, steal babies, and just generally do bad stu
Oct 17, 2007 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young Goths, fans of Lovecraft and "The New Weird"
Another unexpected wonder by Chris Wooding. In an alternative Victorian London, young Thaniel Fox hunts wych-kin, the spooky beings who haunt the Old Quarter. While hunting, he encounters the beautiful Alaizabel Cray, who is possessed by a spirit that makes her an attraction to all sorts of wych-kin horrors. In solving Alaizabel's mystery, Thaniel and his mentor Cathaline become discover a secret society that is threatening not only London, but humanity itself. This atmospheric tale is perfect f ...more
Feb 18, 2013 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
4 Stars

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding is a fun, fast, and action packed gothic horror novel that is done up in a steampunk like London. Wooding has created a cast of likable characters and put them in a really cool urban fantasy setting. Thaniel, our main protagonist is a young man that is a Wych-Hunter by trade. He is the son of England’s most renowned Wych-hunter, and has had to try and live up to his father’s legacy. This novel centers on a mass murder named Stitch Face, a l
15 Jan '12
Still shrieking, she saw the thing lurking in the shadows of the corner of the room, visible only in the murk of sleep-fogged eyes. Naked, twisted, an old, old crone with her long straggly hair cloaking her bent body, she crouched on all fours with hooves for feet and a long tail twitching behind her.

If you liked the Bartimaeus Trilogy, or if you thought The Mortal Instruments was good - or, in my case, had good ideas but failed to deliver, then go give The Haunting of Alaizabel Cr
Aug 25, 2007 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sf, young-adult
This one's a keeper. Some books just hit you in the first few pages, and you know deep in your gut that you've stumbled on a true find. Wooding has crafted a gritty, atmospheric fantasy set in the Old Quarter of London. Thaniel is a wych-hunter; he hunts Cradlejacks, monsters who steal babies. He protects Alaizabel who is mysteriously possessed and a magnet for evil creatures. The tools of a wych-hunters trade are well-detailed, and it's a pleasure to read such a well-thought out form of magic. ...more
I'm maybe a bit below four stars on this one, but I'll round up because my teen book group really seemed to like it, and teen appeal counts for something with YA lit.

In general, this book held my interest well. It was pretty original, and the writing is decent. Toward the end, though, it seemed to get a bit heavy handed with the philosophical aspects of the story. I like the idea that the witch-kin (ghoulish beings of all sorts) come from the dark part of human minds, but to say that they come
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
So I'm actually not going to rate this book until I've finished my review. I've had a lot of mixed feelings about this one. Normally I would just decide whether a book is good or not, but for some reason I just couldn't decide this time around. I felt maybe reviewing it would finally bring me to a conclusion. The problem might have been that I actually found the main characters bland. Whilst the ones that stood out were the bad creepy ones, and you know when your preferring the bad guys over the ...more
Nov 05, 2013 Sesana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's kind of strange that I would end up reading this book right after I finished playing Dishonored. Like Alaizabel Cray, Dishonored is set in a vaguely steampunky/Victorianish city, infested with hungry rats and being devastated by a mysterious plague. I couldn't help but picture parts of the Wooding's Old Quarter as looking like the Flooded District of Dishonored. But if the developers of Dishonored took any inspiration from this book, that's where it ended. In Dishonored, magic is very thin ...more
Mar 21, 2011 Sawler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never expected any anticipation of a pleasurable read from this book. I was bored and I was in dire need of buying a book and I came across this book by Chris Wooding and it was on sale at that time. A book below ten bucks is what I consider a sure buy with no regrets, which is why I didn't shed a tear when I bought The Da Vinci Code. So, I bought it and let it collect dust on my bookshelves for a while until the day I was urged to read it. I finished the book in one sitting and at the end of ...more
Jan 02, 2010 Sara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I found this book on a steampunk list, but don't be fooled. It's not steampunk; in fact, it's more Lovecraftian horror, by which I mean lots of creepy creatures and not much soul.

Basically, that's the problem with this book. The characters are fairly one-dimensional and you never get close enough to them to really invest in their story. The description and detail in the book is great, but when more time goes into describing the wych-kin than the characters reaction to them, you're in trouble.

Apr 06, 2012 Photina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Photina Haumschilt
Genre: Horror

Thanial Fox is a seventeen year-old wych-hunter. London has been plagued with wychs and dark creatures ever since The Vernichtung. While on a hunt for a Cradlejack Thaniel finds what he thinks to be a creature crouched in a corner half-crazed. He soon finds out that the "creature" is really Alaizabel Cray and that she has been possessed by an old wych spirit. With his mentor and friend, Catheline, they all set out to find answers and fight the creatures that keep p
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile

The writing in regards to place and the general happenings of the story in this alt-reality Victorian London Lovecraftian type creep-fest is good - it's very atmospheric and there were definitely moments where I found myself reading with wide-eyes and a quickened heartbeat, unconsciously holding my breath. Not much gore, which is good, but definitely some creep factor going on.

I didn't feel that the characters were developed quite as well as the world, though, and I was a bit unhappy that Tha
Jan 04, 2013 Fiona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris Wooding did here what Cassandra Clare was trying to do with Mortal Instruments: write a story set in a Big City swarming with evil beasties, centred around the heroic actions of the evil-beastie-hunters. Wooding did it much, much better (and with a lot less would-be incest).

I really enjoyed the fast-paced, suspense-driven plot while being successfully spine-tingled by the scary bits. The carriage-driving serial killer, Stitch-face, particularly sticks in my mind. I'm almost glad I've left
Seizure Romero
Has a few deus ex machina moments toward the end, but mostly a tale well told.
This came highly recommended from someone at work, but it just couldn't sustain my interest - I was reduced to skimming my way throught the final third to see what happens. The concept of an alternate Victorian reality is definitely an awesome one, but it wasn't always executed well. Its Jack the Ripper figure, for example, ultimately had little to do with the integral narrative, not to mention the fact that I was highly disappointed at not discovering the murderer's identity. Why is it that neo ...more
Michaela Osiecki
Hmmm, where do I start with this one? Definitely not my favorite from Wooding, but I did enjoy the few Steampunk elements of the London setting also plagued by supernatural entities. To me, it read as Lovecraft watered down for youngsters - a bit eerie and spooky, but nothing truly terrifying.

In The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, we have a secret society (naturally) called the Fraternity, made up of the most influential people in the area, who are trying to unleash some ancient dark gods to wreak h
Jun 26, 2015 Katya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure as to what to make of the book. On one hand, the pacing and the cliffhangers at the right places were great, but on the other hand there were the dull characters that have done absolutely nothing to me. Thaniel was the biggest disappointment, I find, in the fact that there appeared to be no character arc for him whatsoever. In fact, I think the only character to have a character arc was Alaizabel herself, but that was purely because she was probably the only character who has shown ...more
Jul 20, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've had this book on my shelves for a while--I once tried to read it about five or six years ago, but the opening scene involving the Cradlejack absolutely terrified me. Now a bit older and a bit wiser, this was just a fun romp of a read! Woodington takes the reader through a dark-alternative of Victorian England filled with ghouls, ghasts, night mares, and wych-kin. He spins a twisted tale leaving the reader full of suspense and in high anticipation of what's to happen next. Wooding's ability ...more
Mar 15, 2008 April rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was written by the same author as Poison. It is very Gothic. Well written, but super scary, and frankly not one I would recommend. It is a young adult book as well, but I don't think that it should have been. It seemed more adult themed to me. Certainly no nudity, or cursing, but the subject matter was very dark, and I did not like the feel of the book.
May 13, 2014 Sabrina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely atrocious piece of literature. I'm baffled by the high reviews.

Writing Style: The writing was okay, It really wasn't the main problem. It needed to include more detail, but it was okay.

Plot: What plot? This book was all over the place. There was literally no interesting storyline. It was an absurd cult with an octopus (I'm not even joking) as their symbol that wanted Alaizabel. Why... I don't even know, and frankly, I don't even care.

Characters: UGHHHHH! The characters were flat an
Apr 04, 2011 Doris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book completely redefined my view of fantasy. I love how instead of using Harry Potter style magic, they took the superstitions and ran with them. The creatures that Chris Wooding invented are beyond any stretch of my imagination. I've been to England before, but I have to say that this time I didn't want to come back home.
Shaun Chen
Feb 12, 2016 Shaun Chen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steampunk meets horror. YA adventure. Monsters, serial killers, elder gods, and dirigibles! This is one of those books where I can just start listing off a bunch of random things that are cool about it.

For example, the characters:

Alaizabel Cray — she’s cray-cray, but that’s because she’s possessed by the spirit of an ancient wych
Thaniel Fox — our protagonist, a teen gentleman-badass who hunts monsters… and isn’t snarky?? Perhaps that’s the biggest surprise of the novel
Cathaline Bennett — 30-som
Oct 26, 2010 Angela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Left unfinished. Just couldn't get into it. I was hoping for something creepy, intriguing. It was a bit too predictable and easy.
Dan Smyth
Feb 03, 2016 Dan Smyth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was actually really well done. Great atmosphere. Great pacing. Interesting characters. The one fault that I just couldn't get past was the inconsistent point-of-view. It wasn't bad (though in one fight scene things got quite confusing), but it was annoying. I couldn't get quite as much into the story as I would have liked because of it. It would have been nice to have one of the main characters save the world too. Not some random dude. Ah well. Nuances of the story. It was quick, fun, ...more
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 abandoned and dark streets of all the major cities in the world. And there are Wych-Hunters who spend their nights hunting these horrid things down and killing them. Of course, there is also a secret society that is planning on summoning some sort of Lovecraft-esque old god, and our heroes must stop them.
Thaniel, wych-hunter, discovers a girl who appears to be quite mad, while he is chasing down a Cradlejack (one of the wych-kin) near the Old Quarter in London. He brings her home with him and treats her cuts and bruises, gives her a meal and allows her to rest. When she wakes up, she only remembers bits and pieces of her life, and her name – Alaizabel Cray. It soon becomes apparent that she’s possessed by some nasty spirit, and that she’s part of something much more sinister – something to do wi ...more
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Элайзабел Крэй и Темное Братство – одна из моих самых-самых любимых подростковых книг. Это как раз тот самый иллюзорный идеальный случай, когда главный герой вызывает неподдельное восхищение, женские персонажи вызывают симпатию, в мотивацию главного злодея возможно поверить, а второстепенные персонажи не фон, а участники действия. И главное! От приключений героев невозможно оторваться, но еще очень радует тот факт, что все происшествия в книге в конечном итоге оказыв
Apr 07, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In an alternate Victorian London lit by gas lamps, circled by airships, and plagued by a Jack-the-Ripper-style serial killer, Thaniel Fox is a wych-hunter who relies on an arsenal of wards, rites and charm-strings to rid the Old Quarter of demons. As fog swirls and wolves howl, Thaniel stumbles across a young woman racked with fever and certain to fall victim to wych-kin without his protection. Although Alaizabel appears insane, Thaniel learns she may be possessed by an evil spirit summoned by T ...more
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London has been over-run by Wych-kin for twenty years or so after the bombing by the Vernichtung. The city's residents have lived as prisoners terrorized by the nebulous and nefarious Cradle-jacks,Drowned Folk, Wights, Chackh'morg, Rawhead and Bloodybones, Deildegasts,The Hallow Ghoul, The Draug, and Stitch-Face.

Ultimately at the heart of the evil and the spawning of the Wych-kin lays the Fraternity, a coven of immense power-enough to summon a beast that will lay waste to London and next...the
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Chris Wooding grew up in a small town in Leicestershire, where not much of anything happened. So he started to write novels. He was sixteen when he completed his first. He had an agent by eighteen. By nineteen he had signed his first book deal. When he left university he began to write full-time, and he has been doing it professionally all his adult life.

Now thirty-two, Chris has written sixteen b
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“Devil-boy Jack: "A higher power than ours directs us against the wych-kin. There is no turning back."

Thaniel Fox: "There is no higher power, Devil-boy! And I am no-one's pawn, neither man nor wych nor whatever entity you speak of."

Devil-boy Jack: "I do not speak of entities. I speak of the force that created the physics of the universe, the force that makes time flow forward and not allow everything to happen at once, the force that sets the patterns to which the planets turn. Its weapons are coincidence, unlikelihood, happenstance. It is there when a man stops suddenly to pick up a coin dropped by another man ten days before, and the woman who is to be his wife bumps into him, and five hundred years hence their offspring rules half the world. It is there when a chance comment causes a scientist to think, What if...? and ten years later a great plague is cured. It is so vast that what we call chaos is simply another part of its order, with a shape too big to see. It has no name, nor will it ever have, though man may hint darkly at fate and destiny. It is what it is... the pattern. We may choose our own paths, but the pattern is always ahead of us. It is a way. It is the way.”
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