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2.81  ·  Rating Details ·  64 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Strange things are happening in town, but only Nieve seems to notice that something is up. But when two strangers come to town, trailing night along behind them, and people, including Nieve's best friend Malcolm, begin to disappear, Nieve knows that she must do something. She must venture into the Black City to uncover the mystery and save her town.
ebook, 264 pages
Published April 14th 2010 by Biblioasis (first published April 30th 2009)
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Shonna Froebel
Nov 19, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
Nieve lives with her parents in a small town near a larger city. Her parents are professional weepers, hired by those experiencing loss or sadness. Her grandmother follows the old ways and has taught them to Nieve. When some of the people in town disappear, including Nieve's best friend Malcolm, she gets worried. Nieve finds strange weeds that start to grow everywhere and a duo, Wormius and Ashe, who arrive in town trailing a cloud of darkness. The darkness spreads everywhere and more and more p ...more
This book is a wonderful tale of dark and magical creatures! Nieve had a bit of a Coraline/Mirror Mask-ish vibe, with the Black City, full of weird beings. I love how the book starts off fairly normally, with just a few little hints of oddness, and then slowly things get creepier and creepier until they're fully scary.

The illustrations were perfect as well- so disturbing, but so good.

I really enjoyed this, and especially liked Nieve's voice as the narrator. She was honest, but also could be abs
Feb 22, 2015 Ella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good book. Keeps you in a kinda of mysterious setting where something could come out at you from any direction. Great book to give you the creeps! :P
Sam Musher
Mar 30, 2010 Sam Musher rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sam by: review copy sent by publisher
Magic is most interesting when it works like a physical weapon: the character is given it (or learns she has it), and has to learn how to use it. It behaves according to rules, and she has to learn those rules in order to use it effectively. In a historical novel, you never see a character pick up a sword for the first time and “just know” exactly how to best the powerful enemy. So why does this happen so often with fantasy magic? (Full review at ...more
This was a creepy fun story with lots and lots of crazy odd creatures. In fact, I felt there were a few too many with too few explanations. While I enjoyed the overall story and how it played out, I felt like I was in the dark (literally) about some of the fantasy elements. Definitely for those who prefer creepy stories. Full review at One Librarian's Book Reviews.
May 27, 2012 Polly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, ya, canadian
Good premise, but poorly explained and executed. I almost gave up halfway, but thought I'd might as well see if it got better, which it didn't. The illustrations are extremely cool and atmospheric, and a few are downright scary (which is why I call this book YA; the story isn't, but I've known a few 8 to 10-year-olds who would enthusiastically pick this up and then be terrified by some of the pictures).
Aug 11, 2010 Jessy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not terrible, just not what I was expecting. Nieve is younger than the description and YALSA review led me to assume, and the feel of the book was much more Coraline and less, for example, Holly Black.
I may pick it back up later.
Dylan Dao
Jul 01, 2015 Dylan Dao rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The darkness in this book is overwhelming, fascinating, and amazing all at the same time. Terry Griggs will suck you into this dark twisted world with his writing. One of the best books I've ever read.
Rachel Seigel
The story was original, and the writing was decent, but sometimes seemed a bit too descriptive. Overall a good read. Not stellar, but interesting enough to catch kids.
Jan 16, 2011 Hayden rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Haunting, creepy, cool. Charactors weren't to good, but the book was overall pretty good.
Stacey Mclaren
Weird book but still wanted to keep reading.
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