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A brilliant, twisted, spirited anti-fairy tale from the amazing Chris Wooding

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, Poison must survive the attentions of the Phaerie Lord, rescue her sister, and thwart a plot that's beyond anything she (or the reader) can imagine. . . .

288 pages, Hardcover

First published March 21, 2003

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Chris Wooding

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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-nine, Chris has written over twenty books, which have been translated into twenty languages, won various awards and been published around the world. He writes for film and television, and has several projects in development.

Chris has travelled extensively round the world, having backpacked all over Europe and North America, Scandinavia, South East Asia, Japan and South Africa. He also lived in Madrid for a time. When he wasn’t travelling on his own, he spent his twenties touring with bands and seeing the UK and Europe from the back of a van.

He also learned not so long ago that his family tree can be traced back to John Milton, author of Paradise Lost, which has no bearing on him whatsoever but it’s kind of interesting anyway.

Chris lives in London.

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5,181 reviews345 followers
August 28, 2015
What a strange and cool book. It starts out sounding like so many other fairy tales, with a younger sibling kidnapped by fairies. (In this book, Wooding calls them phaeries. I honestly don't think I can keep that up, so I'm not going to try.) Purely as a fairy story, it absolutely hits the mark. Wooding is drawing heavily from the concept of fairies as malevolent, and it works quite well. There's some excellently creepy imagery, particularly in the Bone Witch chapters.

About halfway through the book, the story takes a serious turn for the meta. It is hinted at fairly early on, but it eventually becomes a driving force of the book. I'm kind of into this sort of thing, but it does make it a very different sort of book than it starts out being. Not everybody is going to like that.

I especially liked that Poison's primary motivation throughout is her little sister, Azalea. Which is good, because she's kind of unlikable at first. But she grows throughout the story, and by the end I was surprised by how fond I'd become of her. Her story doesn't have the happiest possible ending, but it is a good ending, bittersweet though it is.
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18 reviews
April 26, 2010
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 realizations that drew back to the very beginning of the book. Just wonderful, very well written.

I found that the vocabulary was somewhat challenging, but that is because I don't have a wide vocabulary. The fact that I had to look up a few words made it better in the long run.

This book also taught me a few things, which I usually don't find happening in new books these days. It explained how humans are imaginative and how it is something that we have useful to our kind that no other realm has. How everything has a place was rather unique and that we are all part of a huge story. Being apart of this story, if we fall out of link with what our character is supposed to be doing, everything kind of falls apart.

Extremely wonderful, I would reccomend this to anyone that is in the look for a great story to read.
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2,899 reviews34 followers
February 4, 2021
What if what you think your goal is turns out not be your goal? That's the premise in this story about Poison who is searching for her kidnapped sister, Azalea. Fans of fairy tales and epic quests who are looking for standalone titles will want to give this one a try. Well done, Chris Wooding. That ending was perfect!
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760 reviews38 followers
October 21, 2014
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 rereading it now, and it's every bit as rich and memorable as I recall.
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7 reviews
May 3, 2008

In Poison, a girl named Poison leaves her life in Gull, where no one ever leaves or changes anything, to rescue her sister who has been taken by phaeries.
I enjoyed this book very much. There were many elements that left you saying, “Wow”, “ew” and “haha” all at the same time. For example, when Poison kills the Bone Witch, it was just so that you didn’t see it coming, giving it the “wow” factor. Also Wooding, being a good writer, wrote it so that it was only a little more than slightly gross leaving way for that, “Haha, Poison beat you” feeling.
Wooding is a well rounded author. This means that he is a good setting writer, a good plot writer and a good character writer. This makes the book very pleasing to the senses. Wooding gave his words life with the use of creative paragraph structure. For example to give the words suspense the author used this form: “The second dog was still unaccounted for, and she had to find a good place to hide before…
night …
The author also used non-traditional dialogue punctuation. For example when the Bone Witch is talking, her words are in italics with “quotes”. Also, when the Lady of the Cobwebs is talking, Wooding described her voice as “awful, drawn-out rasp, lisping and strange, as if it were being made by a mouth that was not adapted to human language.” To illustrate this, the author uses brackets instead of quotation marks and puts the words in italics. Poison is written in the third person but the writing is so descriptive of Poison’s thoughts, perceptions and emotions it is almost written in the first person. The descriptions left me with that sense of completeness in the book.
There are many things in this book that remind me of classic fairy tales. For example, when she is in the House of the Bone Witch, all of the things are huge. This reminds me of Jack and the Bean Stalk. The Bone Witch even says things like, “I can smell you, my dear! I’ll have your bones!” Also the Bone Witch reminds me of Hansel and Gretel, because she puts Poison in a cage and then she plans to put her in a pot. Also, she is blind and deaf and gets pushed into the same pot. There are many archetypes in the book. Things like stepmother who fights with her stepdaughter, the heroine who has to perform a task in order to gain something, and people who can paralyze with their eyes are examples of archetypes from Poison.
Books are a major theme in Poison. For example, the Hierophant is the master storyteller. What he writes happens. Also some people’s lives are recorded in books and some people may have more than one story about them.
Poison has many unexpected twists and turns. For example, just when you thought everything was going according to Poison’s plan there is a twist. Like when she accuses the murder of the Hierophant on Aelthar, the phaerie king, he tells her it was Scriddle, his advisor, who killed him. That leaves the reader never bored, never knowing what will happen next and therefore wanting to read on.
I would give Poison a 10 on a scale from 1-10 (1 being the least and 10 being the most). I would do that because the book is very descriptive. The author doesn’t simply tell the story. he shows it with the use of many literary devices. I would recommend this book to everyone.

This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for C.R. Sedore.
Author 1 book27 followers
December 28, 2015
Chris Wooding brings a whole other earth to our subconscious. He writes a detailed world where humans are scarce and Faeries rule most of our realm. Then Chis added a place for an adventure to begin in a few different realms besides the faerie realm. This adventure fantasy had everything you needed and a fantastic twist I'm sure no one can foreshadow. There are rise and falling of action and a wild climax. The ending fits perfectly.

I found he fluffed the conversation between poison and Myrrk to extend the chapter. A bit disappointed because I wanted Poisson to fight back a little more with Lady Asinastra before tricking her. It would have added that bad-ass feeling to the character that she could have had but lost after this trial. Though it does show her, intelligence growing.

I find Chris uses the feeling of being a dizzy way to often. It just seemed Poison is always shaky. He clearly took the time to pick the perfect names for these characters.

The protagonist Poison assembles a team on her journey. She progresses through each trial and travel. She becomes a strong, brave, confident woman.She is very lucky to have found Bram at the beginning. She would have been dead by the 5th chapter.
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3,912 reviews192 followers
December 30, 2010
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 straw. Poison leaves the village with the local wraith-catcher determined to get her sister back.

This book starts out as a wonderfully Gothic and classic Brothers Grimm-like story. These is not your Disney fairy tale but the dark and scary fairy tale that stays true to a Grimm fairy tale. Initially you think this book is just a very well written story about a girl on a quest to save her sister. As the story progresses it ends up being about so much more. There is much more at stake than Poison's sister. Poison quickly finds out that reality is not what it seems; and deeper questions come up as to who weaves the stories that are a person's life.

This was a delightful book. The details are magnificent and the story is very creative. The plot weaves irony in and out of the story and you will say "huh, wow that was clever." Poison is a strong character and the side characters are also intriguing. Wooding has developed an interesting world where humans are on the bottom of the food chain, except in one aspect.

This is not a book for the faint at heart. Although it is appropriate for preteens and young adults; it is a creepy and scary book. I would put the creepiness right up there with Joseph Delauney's Spook's Apprentice series. This is a wonderful young adult horror though.

I also have the book The Storm Thief by Wooding and I am very much looking forward to reading that book. I am definitely going to look into acquiring more of Wooding's books. He is a great storyteller. I don't think I have gotten such delight out of a fairy tale since I read Ironside by Holly Black. Although this tale is set in a different world; the characters are just as engrossing.
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67 reviews29 followers
February 22, 2013
This. Book. Was. Amazing!
I could barely put this down. What a unique concept, and how well it was carried out!
I read this book with my English class, but I finished it way ahead, because teacher's just can't read fast enough out loud.
I loved that this book was Metafiction, and I feel like I need to read more Metafiction now, because the whole idea is so WONDERFUL.
I am so excited right now that I can't even write a very good review, but I will say this:



What could be better?
My only disappointment was in the end, in how Poison's relationships finalized. It was so sad, and I feel like it could have ended more complete, but at the same time I think it was necessary for her to move on and become her new self.

Completely recommend this book!
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240 reviews41 followers
January 4, 2016
One of those fine YA books appeal at both youth and adult levels, Poison follows the titular character on, of course, her quest. Smart, self-aware, cranky and perverse, she's Not Your Typical YA Heroine. The appropriately self-named Poison finds unlikely and unlooked-for friendships along the creepy road she sets herself to travel, is smart enough to be frightened when any marginally intelligent creature would be and remains herself as she does a bit of growing up along the way. There are no sudden amazing transformations into charm, no easy answers to her difficulties and thankfully no Sudden Romantic Interest - that last alone is a breath of fresh air in YA fantasy.

There are definitely twists and turns in this story, some foreseeable and some not; some twists you expect to materialize do not and it all adds up to a terrific book for curling up with on a quiet day.
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303 reviews11 followers
June 19, 2011
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.
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111 reviews73 followers
March 31, 2022
I saw this recommended by one of my favourite book bloggers (The Orang-utan Librarian) as one that deserves more attention - and now I’ve read it, I agree.

If you just summarised the plot of ‘Poison’, it might seem like your standard girl-goes-on-fairytale-adventure story. However, the book has a unique quality to it that makes it more than that. I think it’s a combination of clever, at times spellbinding writing, strong and unique characterisation (Poison is a very compelling and distinct character, right down to the reason behind her name), its grim and gritty plot elements, and a larger self-reflective scope to the whole thing that I can only describe as very meta (and a bit weird, but in a good way).

I’m not normally one to take note of quotes while reading, but I just loved this one:
“Some of us are born in the right place, some of us have to go looking for it.”

The book ended a little sooner than I was expecting, though it did ultimately feel satisfyingly resolved when I reflected on it. And while I did see a few plot reveals coming, that didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the story. It was very thought provoking and unique.

So if you like dark, reflective, fairytale-inspired books with a formidable main character, this might be for you.
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75 reviews8 followers
January 3, 2022
It is a fun short book to read when you are in a mood for fairytales. When Poisons sister is exchanged for a changing by fairies, Poisen goes to the fairy land to receive her. The story starts as you would expect, but is gets better and better the further you come. I like the ending.
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51 reviews8 followers
August 10, 2012
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, as well as the future of all humanity.

First, this book should probably come with some kind of ‘Serious Meta-Fiction Lies Within’ warning label. The meta-fiction itself is actually handled very well, much better than in Sophie’s World, which equal parts bored and irritated me, but not quite as successfully as The Neverending Story, and perhaps a little too heavy-handed at times. Still, despite being quite good meta-fiction, it does come at you a bit unexpectedly and changes the tone of the book very suddenly. So you’re enjoying this pretty dark story of messed up fairytales and creepy-ass scarecrows, and spiders (oh god, the spiders!), and it’s all fast-paced tension and horror, and then you casually turn round and woah! who knocked down our fourth wall? I mean, it was there a minute ago. It was a rather nice one, all mahogany panelled and hung with portraits of fairytale characters with the eyes cut out. And now it’s just gone, a great, gaping, shrieking void where it used to be.

Good stuff... just, a little jarring. Having said that, this really is a fantastic story – gripping, deliciously black, and surprisingly original for a book about fairytales. Don’t be fooled by the presence of phaeries into thinking it’s a paranormal romance. This book takes fairytales and uses everything that’s a little bit macabre, all the sinister characters and terrifying monsters, and adds another sprinkling of scary, then wraps it all up in something very dark and clever. It’s fairytales-as-horror, and from the moment that scarecrow appears, it doesn’t disappoint. Interestingly, seen in this light, the meta-fiction aspect is actually just another element of the horror. Once Poison has had to face all the menacing creatures the Hierophant can throw at her, she is then presented with the most horrifying idea yet: the fear that she is not real, that nothing is real, that everything – her struggles, her whole life – has been ultimately pointless. And, most frightening for a girl like Poison, that she has no free will after all. This is where the author takes meta-fiction and does something a little different with it; rather than a lofty philosophical idea or a comment on what stories mean to us, it is turned into something deeply disturbing and scary.

The characters in the book are well-written; Poison’s companions are likeable and their different personalities offset hers nicely, but at the same time they have an odd sense of being slightly two-dimensional, as if they only exist to complement Poison and to serve her story – which, of course, they do. Poison herself is incredibly strong willed, sympathetic and brave, while at the same time having understandable and relatable faults. She’s probably one of the best written YA heroines I’ve read in a while. And, unusually for a YA book these days, there is absolutely no romance at all. Not even a hint of one. Which, while I like romance, is really quite refreshing.

I was surprised by this story; I had expected something perhaps more generic, but found originality and depth. It’s exciting, scary and dark, and it had me genuinely gripped until the end. It’s also very fast paced, and a quick and easy read. Very much recommended.
March 5, 2015
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 village which she's never left- until it becomes necessary for someone to go looking for her sister.She encounters strange and wonderful worlds and creatures along the way, but the most exciting discoveries are within herself. Wooding, through his prose, makes profound points about friendship, and believe it or not, the meaning of human life. And the role he's created for books- well, that makes the book all the more appealing for a book lover.

I think if I'd read this one at some other time I might have given it five stars; I was just in an impatient mood this past weekend and skimmed much of the lush description. I just had an appetite for plot, I guess.

Edit: It's been a couple of weeks since I read the book, and I'm still thinking about it. That's a sure sign of a great book!
I will be recommending this one to every student willing to listen.

Edit #2: It's been months since I read this, and I am still thinking about it! I've changed my rating on it; anything that is still provoking thought months later is pretty amazing stuff. :)
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2,531 reviews198 followers
December 15, 2010

A fairytale true to the dark, foreboding origins of such stories and original as they come.

Poison and her companions are living out the stories weaved by the Oliphaunt... yet Poison does not feel like someone else's creation. She does not believe that she is confined to choices preordained. Before ever she learns that there is more to her world than the bog that she lives in, her little sister is stolen by the fey and Poison leaves to recover her. But her journey takes her away from the world she grew up in and forces her to take on a quest to save all of reality.

Thanks to Grace for the recommendation. It was a very interesting and intriguing read.

I saw most of the major plot twists and points, but I still had a lot of fun and found the story quite original, if foreboding at times. The characters reminded me of Lloyd Alexander's just a bit.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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146 reviews26 followers
June 21, 2012
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 characters are well developed and there are no words to completely describe Chris Wooding's ingeniousness.
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379 reviews9 followers
August 31, 2016
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.
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1,012 reviews1 follower
November 11, 2014
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.
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438 reviews
December 3, 2017
UKUPNA OCENA (overall rating) - 4
Radnja (story) - 4
Likovi (characters) - 4
Pripovedanje (writing style) - 3.5
Okruženje (setting) - 4
April 10, 2019
I loved this story. It starts out as a fairy tale with a contrary young girl searching for her sister who has been taken by the fairies but it turns into a paean to standing up for what you believe in and to found family, and a meta discussion of writing, creativity and even theology.

I listened to it as an audio book, which it is well suited to, and the narrator did a fantastic job of giving the characters unique voices. And it was genuinely scary in parts, especially the Scarecrow and the Bone Witch.

Highly recommended
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2,530 reviews60 followers
March 19, 2019
A tale within a tale.
Poison has never felt like she fits in with her marshland-dwelling father and stepmother. She questions things and causes them untold trouble with her refusal to accept an easy life. When her stepsister is switched, Poison refuses to accept the fate of her family and sets out to rescue her sister from the phaerie lord.
What follows is a grim tale of a quest beset by danger, full of unusual creatures and experiences. As I read this I couldn’t help imagine Jim Henson puppets grotesquely brought to life.
The story itself is a familiar one, but Poison is a character of her own making.
Without giving anything away I would urge people to read this.
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31 reviews2 followers
March 18, 2022
"and sorrow can only last for so long before it must be shed or it will consume the sorrower"
actual rating : 3:75 stars - 4 stars cant decide
"how was it that life, like a story, had such a comic timing"
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18 reviews
August 1, 2021
nah coz it was sooo good me and my bsf did a thing where we swapped books right and she lent me this and it had no right to be SO good like 13 year old me was shakinggg
100 reviews11 followers
October 3, 2012
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.

It began with this girl named Poison in a Swamp place, which could've been exciting (And was to my book club), but for some reason depressed me. And the writing was terrible. Not captivating at all. I thought, am I going to have to trudge through the whole book like this? But never fear. It got a lot better. It took about, oh three chapters or so, but then I began to like it. There are exciting things that happen in the beginning--her sister get's kidnapped by evil phaeries and replaced with a changeling-- but because of the quality of the writing, I just wasn't excited and didn't care.

But then she left the swamp place and set off to have adventures, meeting Bram a wraith-catcher who accompanies her throughout the whole book. This is where it got better. The events that happen after are so shocking, heart-quickening, scary, and just plain genius, screw his writing. The Bone Witch, Anisastra the Spider Queen, and the Hierophant, to name a few of my favorites. Also there is the addition of a delightful character named Peppercorn, for whom I am very fond of, but perhaps because Poison through the whole thing continues to comment on her fondness of the girl.

There were so many shocking things, that I could not contain my excitement and gasps. Also Wooding has a clear grasp of emotions. I have never felt more afraid myself from a book, rather than being afraid for a character, I myself was afraid. Genius.

The ending somewhat did not satisfy me. I felt that there was more to the story that wasn't being told, but that the plot just dropped off. However, if not for the writing, I would name it one of my favorite books, keep an open mind when reading (By the way Myrrk was also one of my favorite characters).

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445 reviews30 followers
July 28, 2015

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 ago I finally found it. So I immediately bought it. No question if I had money or not (thank god I have)This is one of the books that I never forgot and always searched for in the bookshops.

Poison is a girl that inspires me. I would love to go away from the place I live and I travel a lot to everywhere I can go. Especially London which is by far my favourite city. I just don't feel like home here. I'm only not that courageous as her. Not as tough. I like how she is tough and all but really happy with Fleet, Bram, Peppercorn and Andersen. It's really cute in some kind of way that she is even able to give up Azalea where she searched for, to stick with her friends. (I hated it that Bram went away).

I read something from Wooding that he hoped that we got the way of his writing. I didn't read what it was so I hope I got it. I just like the way that during the end of the story we figure out that Poison is just a story character but a very important story character and I like it that it looks like that not Wooding is the writer but Poison herself. Being the Hierophant. I really enjoyed that. Such a lovely way of writing.
Not only the plot but also the little details. Not to much just good enough. I adore it. I'm so glad I finally got this book.

It's something else than all the sweet good Fairy Tale stuff. It's not Disney no it's much darker. If you read closely maybe you can see some things from other fairy tales like Hansel and Gretel.
I just can't get enough of it!
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1,768 reviews168 followers
August 15, 2012
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 that she will need to find a different approach if she wants to get her sister back. Then the Heirophant is thrown into the mix and the fate of the entire human race hangs in the balance between Poison, what she's willing to do to get Azalea back, the Phaeries, and the Heirophant. Can Poison thwart the Phaeres? Or will the Heirophant write their stories to an abrupt end? Ok, so very cool and interesting on the whole story-within-a-story side plot. I liked that a lot. But the Heirophant needed more explanation. I would love a short story about the Heirophant. Some scenes were creepy. Esp. the scary SPIDER scene. Not cool. I liked the twist at the end. And how the real villain was not who you originally thought or even secondly thought. But I was more interested in Azalea's untold story than Poison's, to be honest. Azalea had a sad story in "Poison" and she deserves her own book. I would really like to see that happen and I would read it in a heartbeat. True Story. Favorite Quote: "Everything's a story. It just depends on your point of view." So true. If you like dark fairytales and\or storytelling within storytelling, "Poison" is a good bet for you.
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491 reviews8 followers
October 21, 2016
Once upon a time there was a young lady who lived in a marsh, and her name was Poison.

Once upon, fourteen-year-old Jessica was at the Scholastic Book Fair at her local school, and she was perusing for books. Her mother had even given her about ten bucks to spend on stuff, which, as anyone who's bought a book knows, isn't a whole lot for them. But, then she spotted a book that was all purply (and purple is awesome), and it caught her eye, so she picked it up and read the back, and lo behold, it was a book about a surly and contrary teenage girl. And, Jessica was a surly and contrary teenage girl and that spoke to her, so she immediately spent her ten bucks on the book (and a cute eraser), and thus began a love affair.

I love this book. I really do. I can't really say too much about it without spoiling pretty much the entire thing. The entire thing is one plot twist after another, and you'll probably never guess how ti ends by how it begins. It's a wild ride, and so well written. I adore all of the characters from Poison - who I relate to - to Bram to Asinastra (more spider ladies please), and even Aelthar. All of them are perfect to this amazing jigsaw puzzle of a book.

I recommend you read it, especially if your a fan of fairy tales because this basically is one.
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17 reviews11 followers
May 12, 2010
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 imagining the characters, the places, everything! It was just so much fun.
This is quite an intense book. There were parts where I was completely on edge. Wooding really knows how to write suspense. But when the book wasn't suspenseful or creepy, it had this awesome air of fantasy and mystery about it.
Wooding really makes the characters and worlds come alive. It felt like I was right there, experiancing the book right along with the characters.
I have a few words of advice to anyone reading this. Get ready to have your mind blown, and get ready to think. This book is full of unexpected twists, and it will take some thinking to get the meaning of it. The coolest part of this book is the part that you have to figure out yourself.
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November 2, 2014
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 smart Fae cat for a friend, right?

There were just enough twists and turns in the plot to keep me going. Once I thought for sure I knew what was going on, Wooding turned it all over on it's head and I had to rethink everything I'd already read. This is something in a book that I really enjoy.

So five stars from me - if you're into dark and gritty fantasy tales, this is perfect.
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