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The Haunting Of Alaizabel Cray by Chris Wooding
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Aug 25, 07

bookshelves: sf, young-adult, favorites

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. Although it is marketed to the young adult audience, fans of Patricia McKillip and Philip Pullman will be riveted. This is a brilliant creation filled with magic, monsters, and madness.
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