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Dawn of the Demontide (Witchfinder #1)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  130 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Jake Harker is an outsider, a loser whose nose is always in a horror comic. That is until horror stops being fiction and the Pale Man and his demon Mr Pinch stop Jake on a dark, deserted road. That night, under a tree called the demon's dance, Jake will learn the true meaning of terror ...
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 4th 2010 by OUP Oxford
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Empire of Books
Jun 23, 2010 Empire of Books rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I have just finished this book after spending the entire afternoon in a bid to finish it. And I have to say that I could not of spent the time better. Absolutely stunning. This is the single-handed best first book in a series/trilogy that I have read in the past few years.

I was gripped right from the word go! The first chapter (well, the prologue really) was a perfect opener. I mean, a boy has his throat slit in the first four pages. That'd make anyone want to read on right? Right!

I really don't
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Michelle Moore
Apr 27, 2015 Michelle Moore rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed, read-2010
As an enthusiastic young reader (many years ago!) I don’t recall many books being available specifically for teenagers. I very soon moved on to horror writers, such as Stephen King, as there wasn’t much else available, and I know that many other young readers in my age group did the same thing.

As a thirty-something adult, I am now very much enjoying reading many of the ‘young adult’ books which are around now, although I am avoiding the vast array of YA vampire tales! Most of these books are wri
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Phil Pavlovic
Apr 19, 2014 Phil Pavlovic rated it liked it
I don't know what I should say about this book. I am really in between the line of calling it shit and calling it a solid read.

I'll start off with the good things. The plot is decent, it has a very solid plot that I won't spoil but it's sure to get you hooked, then there's perfectly described (I feel sadistic saying this) gore-y scenes, I mean for gods sake, who starts off a book with the throat slitting of an underaged boy? Writing is decent, not some next level shit but pretty decent for it's
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Lynda
Jan 17, 2016 Lynda rated it liked it
I was not sure if I would like this book.. but left with no other books to read I thought why not?
It was very well written and the beginning of the book took you straight into the murder of a young boy! He was a sacrifice!
The story goes on to explain this spooky place in England has a door where demons are trying to come through every 25 years and the problems the elders of the village have to stop them.
I was very interested for about half way into the book then it became hard work to keep look
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Sarah
Fifteen year old Jake Harker has been a fan of all things horror since he was given a box of old comics when he was nine years old. Ever since then he has devoured horror stories in any format and has built up an impressive knowledge of things that go bump in the night. He never for a minute suspected that any of the stories were real though - not until the night of his mother's murder when he finds himself thrust into a dark and dangerous world just as frightening as the scariest horror story. ...more
Joanne
Mar 27, 2010 Joanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-urban-fantasy
The first in a terrifying trilogy, read on if you dare: Jake could now see the demon fully. Its body was a mass of steely sinew, its arms roped with muscle. Six fingers sprouted from its hands, each ending in lethal talons. The thing did not possess a nose; instead a large hole, bubbling with green mucus, occupied the middle of its face. Mr Pinch's tongue flickered between his teeth and slurped across his fat lips. He was hungry. When a violent storm rages around the little village of Hobarron's ...more
Meg
Mar 13, 2014 Meg rated it it was amazing
Well... My aunt gave me this book for Christmas, I think, and I saw on the back that it said, "WARNING: Extremely Scary Content." Yeah, so I thought, why not lets read this... OMG it is so so SO very good! It is gripping from start to end, the imagery is awesome and it is just a REALLY well written book! I highly recommend this to anyone who loves gripping tales, and anyone who wants to try something new! I cannot wait to read the other books in this trilogy, I am kind of scared though...
Mathieu
Roman jeunesse (enfin 13-14 quoi) racontant l'histoire d'un garçon, fan de romans d'épouvante et qui découvre brusquement que la plupart des créatures qu'il a rencontré dans ses lectures existent. Impliqué dans une guerre occulte séculaire, entre des sorciers souhaitant libérer les démons et une société secrète cherchant à les en empêcher.

Rien de bien révolutionnaire donc : un ado paumé, un grand destin caché, de la magie, des secrets. les ingrédients propres au roman jeunesse depuis Harry Potte
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Kat
The words "Teen" and "Extremely Scary Content" on the back of the book lead me to believe that I was not the target audience, nor would I be scared by this book.

Its not a bad book, in fact I quite enjoyed the way it was written but I just felt the entire time I was writing something that was almost Harry Potter but not as good. There are too many bad similarities. A man named Quilp, witches all have an animal, special boy who loses his parents, etc.

A lot of it was repetitive, at least once a c
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Xander
Aug 14, 2012 Xander rated it it was ok
William Hussey is, in my opinion, highly underrated. His attention to detail in description is amazing and colourful and is very reminiscent of Clive Barker's writing style. While I found that Witchfinder would probably appeal more to a younger audience, I found some of the more graphic scenes to be extremely satisfying yet not blunt. However, the entire book felt like I was reading a movie script which spoiled much of the tension that Hussey has tried to construct, especially towards the climax ...more
Hannah Etherton
Feb 04, 2015 Hannah Etherton rated it really liked it
good start to a series. Complex, but easy to follow. Not all the clinches used, plenty or originality. Look out for the follow on books.
LilistarReads
Mar 16, 2015 LilistarReads rated it really liked it
great book fun and interesting plot
Judy Abbott
Dec 17, 2014 Judy Abbott rated it it was ok
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Clarabel
May 15, 2012 Clarabel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Très agréable surprise ! Cette lecture conviendra parfaitement à tous les amateurs de la série L'Epouvanteur de Joseph Delaney. C'est aussi sombre, flippant et terrifiant qu'on peut le supposer. L'histoire est bien ficelée, c'est d'ailleurs un vrai récit d'épouvante, avec des tentatives de meurtre, des malédictions, des vengeances et des sacrifices... Les intrigues du jeune Jake ont su m'emporter et me coller à mon fauteuil, j'en ai même fait des cauchemars cette nuit !
Mary
Feb 02, 2010 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: proofs, teen-fiction
The strongest teen title that I have encountered this year. I can only weep when I see the final cover that OUP have selected - I'm not sure why they seem to want to kill this book before it has even been released.

William Hussey introduces a strong narrative, with a variety of believable characters in a style that is both consistent and clever.

A strong new teen writer - I can only hope that the tradition of writing a trilogy won't lead to a decline in quality.
Lucy
Sep 13, 2015 Lucy rated it it was ok
Seriously did not get on with this one. Not my cup of tea. Not scary enough, writing not good enough, characters not engaging enough. Not drastically bad, and not throw-across-the-room worthy, but just not appealing to me. I did skim at least half.

Sam Whitehouse
Jul 01, 2013 Sam Whitehouse rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-books
For those looking for an action packed, fast paced, exciting and often scary read, you can't go far wrong with the first in William Hussey's Witchfinder trilogy. With a cast full of interesting characters, cool monsters and a plot that twists and turns like a coil, this is one of the best YA horrors i have ever read. Highly recommended
Artemissia
Mar 31, 2012 Artemissia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On peut dire ce que l'on veut. Que C’est du rabâché, que ce n’est pas révolutionnaire. il n'empêche c’est bien écrit et même si le fil conducteur reste bateau on y accroche bien. en tout cas moi j'ai accroché !
Jordan Mclen
Aug 13, 2011 Jordan Mclen rated it liked it
I think that this is an amazing book, yes it did take me a while to get into it, but once it started to pick up the pace I couldn't put it down. Yes a lot of people say that but i genuinely mean it
Yami
Dec 03, 2011 Yami rated it really liked it
it was interesting, and i enjoyed it deeply, and although you could predict what is coming,,, u will still be faced with surprises, i highly recommend it to Darren Shan fans :D
Finlay C
May 07, 2010 Finlay C rated it liked it
this book is a compelling book of mystery and dark magic, it is wvery exiciting when the father of the demons come back. A must have for harry potter fans
laurie
Sep 28, 2010 laurie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal-faves
it is a little gory in parts but it is a fantastic book so far.
i am up to chapter 10 and i think the most ineresting bit so far is how jake's mothers killed.
Annmarie Ager
Aug 16, 2011 Annmarie Ager rated it it was amazing
i loved this book it was full of sirprise and you started to wonder who you could trust in the book :)
Rachel
Apr 04, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Hussey gets the balance between plot and description spot on to create a thrilling and action packed novel
Hassan Abdulnabi
Nov 12, 2011 Hassan Abdulnabi rated it liked it
a mediocre read...there weren't as many "WOW" moments as I had anticipated, good but not AMAZING
Murad
Jun 07, 2012 Murad added it
this book was amazing i was totally sniping at this word for word with my eyes
O_0
Apr 29, 2010 O_0 rated it liked it
Not the best fantastical novel I've read but pretty good all the same.
Edward Brady
Jan 13, 2011 Edward Brady rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!! can't wait to get the second installment :)
BookLoversLife
Jun 10, 2012 BookLoversLife rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this :)
Tanita S.
2011 Cybils nominee.
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