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Child Eater

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  37 reviews
On Earth, the Wisdom family has always striven to be more normal than normal. But Simon Wisdom, the youngest child, is far from normal: he can see the souls of the dead. And now the ghosts of children are begging him to help them, as they face something worse than death. The only problem is, he doesn’t know how.

In a far-away land of magic and legends, Matyas has dragged hi
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Jo Fletcher Books (first published June 30th 2014)
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Blodeuedd Finland
Jun 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, paranormal
This book is set in a fantasy world, and in our world. It follows the life of Matyas in the fantasy world. He is the son of an inn Keeper and he wants more from life. Like exploring magic and learning how to fly. Then there is Simon in our world, a troubled child. But his parts are actually more about his dad. How he grows up wanting to be normal, falling in love with someone not normal, and having Simon. And wanting him to be normal too. Cos the Wisdoms are not a normal family. They see things. ...more
Liz Barnsley
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A terrific fantasy tale for young adults, The Child Eater is intelligently constructed, magically written and as addictive as chocolate cake. With cream and sprinkles.

There are some dark themes running through the narrative, but it also has a wonderful spiritual feel to the whole thing that keeps you immersed into the magic even in the darker moments – as we follow Matyas, living in a world very different to our own, who is bound and determined to become a master wizard and fly, his journey is o
La La
4.5 stars on my blog only because she fumbled around a little at the end to tie all plot threads together and also forgot one. An intricately woven Adult Fantasy about the origin of tarot cards, based in our modern world and an alternate dimension. I think it is a standalone. I was approved for this eARC through Edelweiss in return for an honest review. I will be back with the link as soon as I review it on my blog.
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
The Child Eater by Rachel Pollack is a paranormal fantasy young adult fiction beautifully written and neatly executed. The story is wonderfully paced, without ever letting up, and takes along the reader in exploring worlds hitherto unknown. Rachel’s ingenuity in creating a stunning world peopled by characters never imagined possible leaves one breathless. Though the title sounds a bit too spooky for comfort, it may be appropriate to point out that this is not a bloodcurdling novel.

Simon Wisdom i
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Basic Review:

Things I like a lot: Crisp, vivid writing. Almost every scene was intriguing on one level or another. The use of Tarot was ingenuous and, simply put, COOL! Some fun concepts and images (talking squirrels, a boy obsessed by flying, brilliant descriptions of color, the tarot cards). The ending happened fast, and was a little saccharine compared to the rest of the book, but I personally found it satisfying.

Things I liked less: For me, if the novel could have maintained its fairy tale
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
*TLDR - this book is written as if it were two books in one. Great reading for fans of modern fantasy, if you can tolerate the slow pace of world building and keeping both plots in mind.

The Child Eater by Rachel Pollack is a very hopeful piece of modern fantasy, with the story alternating between modern and fantastical settings, chronicling the battle against an ancient evil; the eponymous Child Eater.

The plot is the most outstanding element of this book. Despite having two stories running in pa
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Yikes... I don’t know about this one.

Honestly, nothing much happened. While I liked both Simon and Matyas’s story, the back and forth seemed unnecessary. I was expecting a little more world building and suspense. But the author let me down on that front. That said, I lied the way they write. But the plot line didn’t amount to much.

Overall, boring honestly. Some parts were interesting but for the most part, just meh.
Jun 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Terifiring fantastical story with vivid writings lead the audiences toward the background of the "Child Eater" ...more
Audrey Raj
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5/5 Stars: I absolutely adored this book. For some reason, I kept putting it off cause I got into my head that I would be really dense and boring since I found in the adult section of my local library. Although, boy was I wrong. It is was charming and whimsical in a way I’ve never seen before.

I love the way it’s set in the present and past at the same time with Matyas as a powerful, yet unsatisfied young wizard and Simon Wisdom as a broken, innocent boy with psychic abilities. I surprised at ho
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Wow, I hardly know where to start with this one. The book was very different from what I expected. The spooky title left me expecting something very dark and tense. THE CHILD EATER is not that. In fact, it only goes into the realm of creepy once or twice, and only briefly. In tone it's more magical realism with a every-day sort of feel and pacing.

The words Rachel Pollack puts together are magical. Frequently brilliant. And the reader is tugged along through two different worlds that are remarkab
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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The Child Eater is a story about two worlds that come together to stop an ancient evil. One of the worlds is like our own world, where we have electricity and everything is cleaner. In this world we have Jack Wisdom and his son Simon. Since Jack was young, his father always told him to be more than normal as their family wasn’t super intelligent as their name said. After an incident where people made fun of them because o
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Child Eater is BRILLIANT. It may just be the best book I have read all year.

The Child Eater is a fantastical story about two boys, born in different worlds and centuries apart, who are bound together by magic and fate, and a monstrous creature known only as The Child Eater. He has preyed on generations of children and their ghostly voices cry out for help, cry out for someone to end their curse.

In a world of magic and myth, Matyas runs away from home to attend the Academy of Wizards, determi
Jeanette Greaves
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
In The Child Eater, we have a novel that follows two separate strands of a story, two different sets of characters, in two worlds separated by time and magic. The stories are linked by The Tarot of Eternity (much, much more than a pack of cards), and by the threat of The Child Eater.

The villain of the piece is well named, and the book contains some descriptions of body parts and mutilation, and a sense of threat and helplessness. Despite the age of the protagonists, this is not a book for teena
Kathryn West
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! There were apparently two short stories originally that have been reworked to meld them into this book. It works superbly well. You hear the story of Matyas and also the story of Jack Wisdom and then his son Simon. Matyas lives in another world to our own, a fantastical world of talking heads on poles and wizards and old lady's who are not what they seem. Jack and Simon live in our world and try to be as normal as possible (because you have to with a surname like Wi ...more
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book from Quercus Books Publishers, through NetGalley, in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

So... I was really gripped by the plot of this book, hence why I requested a copy from NetGalley. I'm happy to say that, when I received a copy of this book, it lived up to my expectations.

The two storylines running parallel to each other were quite intriguing. I'm not sure if they were different worlds or different times, though, but I really liked
Annette Jordan
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
I feel like I should have enjoyed this book more than I actually did. Set in our world today, and also in some other magical one, the book features primarily two narrators, Simon and Matyas. Simon is a child with the ability to read minds and Matyas is an apprentice magician whose greatest ambition is to learn to fly. In their respective worlds they must learn to deal not only with their powers but also with the spirits of the dead children who call out to them , begging them to put a stop to th ...more
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In some ways expected from this fantastic writer of science fiction/magical realism. Unexpected in the ways this book kept me glued to the story. A crowning achievement and one which I hope receives much attnetion and accolades and awards. I'm hoping that there is a follow-up, though this book stands alone against and with any on my bookshelf. A major addition to the genres (there could be more than one here) that sparked my interest in reading fiction again. Let's have more of these characters ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it liked it
The Child Eater is fascinating to read. Although I had issues with father figure Jack Simon and his inability (or was it more of a compulsion?) to deal with things happening around him and Rebecca, his wife, in the end the characters all have very sympathetic, human reactions which make it easy to care for them. The tone of the Child Eater almost seems like a fragmentary Grimm's Tale or folk tale that is mysteriously modern with dark undertones that expand upon the sentences and hang about the r ...more
Jennifer Stoy
4.5 stars. I agree with another reviewer who felt the ending was a little bit forced and muddled in light of how Pollack let this beautiful mythic tale grow and branch in unexpected ways. It was the RIGHT ending, but I would have been cool with 20 more pages to get there., what an amazing read. Full of allusion, magic, the fear of magic, betrayals...everything. I loved this so much and just was THERE with Simon and Jack and Matyas and Veil. I was even regularly frustrated at all t
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-book-list
I really liked this book. It had the feel of a fairy tale. It bounces back and forth between the story of Matyas, a boy who's only dream is to be able to fly, and Jack and Jack's son Simon. While there are some elements that connect the two stories , it does take a long time to figure out how they are connected. This is not a bad thing, however, as both of the stories are interesting and made the anticipation of how they were intertwined that much more intriguing. ...more
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.]

This was EXTREMELY difficult to follow. I understand the author was trying to show that there are two worlds here that are connected, but the result was a bit of a jumbled mess of keeping track of who was who and who was where at any given time. It made it hard to enjoy the story.
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
One character spends most of the book being a total jerk and another spends it being stupid. It all comes together in the last 20 pages and has a happy ending, but if the universe she created wasn't so interesting it would be difficult to get through. But the story is spooky. And that makes it easier to deal with two abrasive characters. ...more
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. The title is what grabbed me (not liking children, the title sounds interesting!). But there's so much more to it. Throughout the book you think about how the stories of the two boys could possibly come together, and you figure it out a little bit first, and then it strikes you. A well-written book! ...more
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free ARC of The Child Eater from Jo Fletcher Books via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review*

This and all my other reviews are originally posted on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I don't really like fantasy that much, but this was recommended on some website I like. It was okay. Probably more a 2.5 for me, because I didn't think the writing was great, and one of the main characters was INCREDIBLY annoying. ...more
Sarah Mendonca
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I read in 2015. I haven't enjoyed a novel like that in a long time. ...more
Eric Fischl
Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Mostly enjoyable but the end was something of a let-down.
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Loved this to bits.
Delia Turner
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Dark, spooky fantasy a little heavy on the angry-adolescent-protagonist but otherwise very readable.
Mardiya Shardow
Dec 13, 2015 rated it liked it
The only reason why I picked up this book was because of its title. This book had so really boring AND interesting parts. Oh and an amazing ending. I was disappointed, but I really LOVED the ending.
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