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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  4,373 ratings  ·  352 reviews
Poison has always been a willful, contrary girl, prone to being argumentative and stubborn. So when her sister is snatched by the mean-spirited faeries, she seeks out the Phaerie Lord to get her back. But finding him isn't easy, and the quest leads Poison into a murderous world of intrigue, danger, and deadly storytelling. With only her wits and her friends to aid her, Poi ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 415 pages
Published November 1st 2006 by Thorndike Press (first published 2003)
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May 03, 2008 Ali rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Ali by: My Lit teacher
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It is midnight and I just finished this book. Let me tell you, this book absolutely blew my mind. I don't think I have read any other teen book that had a story like this. The ending was deep and the imagery was powerful. Their was no faulty flitty love story to it like most teen books, but instead a rich imagination of strong people, troubles, questions, and answers. This is definitely something that I would read again - and I don't often reread books. It had its ups and downs, along with heavy ...more
This was a surprisingly good book. I have never read a book by Chris Wooding before, and although I had to slog through the first chapter, the book really picked up pace from that point on.

Poison lives in a swamp with her step-mother, father and baby sister. Poison is an outcast, she can never understand why the people of the swamp village put up with living the way they do, she can't understand why someone doesn't change things. When Poison's sister is stolen by the Phaeries it is the last stra
Loved this book so much!!!!
Victoria Hooper
Poison, by Chris Wooding, is the story of a sixteen year old girl called Poison whose sister is stolen by phaeries. Poison, unwilling to accept her sister’s disappearance or the changeling left in her place, sets out to find the Phaerie Lord and demand her sister’s return. Poison soon finds herself pitted against weird and terrifying fairytale creatures. When she faces the mysterious figure of the Hierophant, the most powerful of the Lords, she finds herself in a fight to control her own fate, a ...more
This is probably my favorite book ever. I did an English project on it one time and even learned a new a wonderful word. Because of my love for this book I now try to incorporate "phantasmagorical" into everything i can keeping it in context. Just about everything about this book was lovable. She was very easy to relate to, and as she journeyed(possibly because i read it so many times but) I feel as if i can sense her fear, excitement, misery, and peculiarity.

This book is phenomenal the charac
A wonderful quest novel with a female heroine who does not *GASP* have any romantic entanglements, but who does encounter several bone-chilling antagonists (it's a toss-up between the Bone Witch and the Spider Queen for Most Terrifying Character Ever Encountered by Me in a Young Adult Novel) and makes deep and lasting friendships. And for bibliophiles like me, Poison is also a book about books and stories and the importance of writing our own. I first read this 10 years ago (as an adult) and am ...more
So not my cup of tea. The writing was not bad but it was written for an age group of I'd say 8-12. The writing is more along the lines of a classic fairy tale and not really a great one. The books was really very predictable.
Sarah Key
This book wasn't predictable at all. As a matter of fact, the author told you everything in the story as he wrote. You never had to predict anything, he laid it all out for you on the pages. Uninteresting.
Paula  from Reading Lark
This is high fantasy; don't pick this up if you don't like to read about other worlds, fantastical creatures and the like.
It's been a while since I've found a book that's as quotable as this one: "Some of us are born in the right place, and some of us have to go look for it."
". . .life was a precarious thing, and the only truly solid ground was that which you built yourself."
"Books are dangerous things sometimes, Poison. . .they feed your imagination."

Poison is a young girl from an isolated vill
Amazing! In ways that I don't have time right now to explain, but I just wanted to get it out there READ THIS BOOK.
Okay, here we go. When I started out this book, I thought "why me?" In the tiny list of books we were allowed to read for my English class, Poison was the only fantasy one there while the others were Grapes of Wrath and such that I was not yet prepared to delve into. So, I thought it would be a better choice than anything else. As I began the book I was thoroughly disappointed.

Woah, this is amazing! This is one of the best written, most enjoyable, most captivating, and coolest books I've ever read. It's one of those books where not only is it fun to read, it feels good to read. There's something fulfilling about reading this book.
One of my favorite parts of this book was how Wooding wrote it. He used such exquisite detail, so that I could picture it perfectly. Yet, the descriptions never got boring. My favorite part about reading this book was imagining it. I loved i
When Poison's younger sister is kidnapped by the Phaeries and a changeling left in her place, Poison sets out to find the Phaerie Lord, Aelthar, and rescue her sister, Azalea. Things aren't quite as simple as Poison might hope but she does have the help of a few friends. Loved Bram (he was so sweet), Myrrk was funny, however little he was in the book, I ended up liking Fleet, and Andersen!! He was awesome. Can I has one of him? Aelthar is tricksy cruel and has no love for humans. Poison realizes ...more
Michaela Osiecki
Chris Wooding has done it again! This is the third novel of his that I've read and I adored it. His writing style borders on snarky fairy-tale narration, which is perfect for the content of his work.

As a character, I really connected with Poison. She's a lot like I was as a teen, miserable and longing for something greater. Her ragtag group of companions seemed right up my alley too - gruff but lovable Bram, cheerful Peppercorn, and of course Anderson the cat. I mean, who doesn't want a super sm
Miss Clark
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Amanda Mccarther
Great, entertaining read! Love anything new when it comes to fairy tales and this book didn't disappoint. Good pacing, great character development, and poses some really interesting thoughts about the concepts of writing and creation and imagination. I did (correctly) guess some of the plot twists but it didn't lesson my reading experience at all. A fun weekend or beach read for adults and kids alike!
Poison starts out as a typical "quest" tale. Poison's sister Azalea is taken by phaeries and a changeling is left in Azalea's place. Poison sets out to get her sister back. And I was bored. I'll be honest, the first 100+ pages of this book bored me. Quests are a dime a dozen in middle-grades and YA novels. I wanted something that set Poison apart from other books. And then Poison entered the realm of the Phaeries. The last 100+ pages were full of action, adventure, and intrigue, and this typical ...more
A dark fantasy about a girl who takes on the name Poison to spite her stepmother. When her baby sister is taken by phaeries, she sets out on a journey to get her back, only to begin an adventure she never could have imagined. I really enjoyed this book, and although it had some very creepy parts, I loved the strong main character, as well as her growth throughout the story. It was very well written and creative, as well as clean - which is sometimes rare in YA books.
Cena Keegan
A Very good book, though I wasn't too impressed. So thing's were too much like other stories I had read. Though some part's were WOW. It's A younger reading level then I would like, I knew the end of the book when I got into chapter 3 or 4. So that was disappointing. The book is a good read for when you just want to relax.
I absolutely adore this book. The plot is well thought out and structured, and like all of Wooding's books, the writing is substantial. I highly suggest reading it, if you like fantasy/adventure stories.
Sam Blizzard

I thought this was really original and engrossing. It's definitely different from any other young adult book, but in a really good way.
Nov 09, 2014 Celeste rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle-grade readers, fantasylovers
Poison's sister has been taken by the mean-spirited faeries to be brought to the phaerie lord. Poison sets out to look for her sister. She goes on a quest to the phaerie lord, but this isn't easy.


Middle-grade fantasy/kind of fairytale book. It's really good. Didn't expect to like this book as much as I did.

The Dutch cover is beautiful. It's what has driven me to pick this one up.

The characters definitely all have their own character. Poison had a realistic personality. She made selfish d
This started out very strong, which is what I've come to expect from Chris Wooding. I loved the character of Poison, her unconventional relationship with Bram, the eerie set pieces, and the unusual fantasy setting.

Sadly, aside from a memorable sequence involving the queen of the spider realm - who is probably the darkest and most striking character I've ever encountered in juvenile fiction - the book pretty much lost it for me once Poison left her own world and went questing in the realm of Faer
Apr 15, 2013 -RadioActiveBookWorm- rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 'phaerie' lovers everywhere!
I think the cover on this book made my buy it more than anything, I wasn't too sure what it was about when I bought it, but I'm glad I did. Plus, $3 is always a good price for a book. Anyways. This book was kind of like inception. A story inside a story, and that was pretty awesome. You don't usually read books like that. If you couldn't tell from the four star rating, this book was pretty good. It would've been five, but it was a little choppy and hard to read. A good story though. It kept my s ...more
4.5 stars.
I really didn't know what I was expecting when I decided to read this but my expectations weren't very high. I certainly didn't think it was such a creative and adventurous fairytale.

Life in the Black Marshes is predictable and dangerous. It promises only a dim future fraught with disease, venomous critters, and phearies who steal children from their cribs. Most people simply accept this as their existence but Poison cannot. She has a reputation for being difficult, strange, and antiso
Poison, by Chris Wooding, is a gothic phaerie tale of the adventures of a violet eyed girl named Poison.

Poison is sullen, moody and stubborn girl, but you have to be to survive in the Black Marshes where she lives. Although she has never been to the outside world, she dreams of something more than the life she lives. Poison’s sister Azalea is stolen in the night by phaeries and a changeling left in her place. When Poison wakes to discover her sister is gone she sets out into the unknown world to
Madelyn Sweeney
Book Review # 1
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Poison was never like the other swamp people. They were content with their clothes washing and their baby raising; not to mention ignoring when people went missing. The swamp was not a safe place to live, from creatures living in the waters below, to fairies stealing your children, or anyone they want. It so happened that they took Poison’s little sister, but instead Poison ignoring it she went on a journey to find her, meeting new frien
Iowa City Public Library
If you could pick any name for yourself, would you choose Poison? In this dark "fairy"-tale fantasy from Chris Wooding, Foxglove lives in the marsh town of Gull where lives are often cut short by nasty beasts and the folk generally lack drive and imagination. On her Nameday, rather than choose one of the traditional flower names, Foxglove decides on Poison…though most of the villagers expected nothing less of this rebellious teenage outcast! After a fight with her stepmother, Poison is visited i ...more
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
Chris Wooding is becoming one of those authors that I consistently enjoy, but never quite love.

This story has a pretty basic concept - Poison's sister is kidnapped by phaeries and replaced by a changeling, and Poison, being head-strong and independent minded, goes on a quest to get her back. Many trials and travails happen, she meets friends and makes enemies, so on and so forth. One reason why I enjoyed it is because I enjoy faerie tale type things - so if that's not your thing, you might want
Rose Heartfilia

Damn frustrations. I keep searching.
It's been a long time ago but I can remember that the events were not expected.
I loved Poison her character and the way she behaved and just the whole story.
I hope I can read it again and find someday my own book.

Update 8/10
The real review

So it must have been six or seven years ago that I read this book. I always wanted to have it and a few months
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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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“Some of us are born in the right place, and some of us have to go look for it.” 90 likes
“The books were legends and tales, stories from all over the Realm. These she had devoured voraciously – so voraciously, in fact, that she started to become fatigued by them. It was possible to have too much of a good thing, she reflected.
“They’re all the same,” she complained to Fleet one night. “The soldier rescues the maiden and they fall in love. The fool outwits the wicked king. There are always three brothers or sisters, and it’s always the youngest who succeeds after the first two fail. Always be kind to beggars, for they always have a secret; never trust a unicorn. If you answer somebody’s riddle they always either kill themselves or have to do what you say. They’re all the same, and they’re all ridiculous! That isn’t what life is like!”
Fleet had nodded sagely and puffed on his hookah. “Well, of course that’s not what life is like. Except the bit about unicorns – they’ll eat your guts as soon as look at you. those things in there” – he tapped the book she was carrying – “they’re simple stories. Real life is a story, too, only much more complicated. It’s still got a beginning, a middle, and an end. Everyone follows the same rules, you know. . . It’s just that there are more of them. Everyone has chapters and cliffhangers. Everyone has their journey to make. Some go far and wide and come back empty-handed; some don’t go anywhere and their journey makes them richest of all. Some tales have a moral and some don’t make any sense. Some will make you laugh, others make you cry. The world is a library, young Poison, and you’ll never get to read the same book twice.”
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