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The Dark Flight Down (Book of Dead Days #2)

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In the morning you should think
You might not last unto the night
In the evening you should think
You might not last unto the morn



Boy has survived the terrors of life with the magician Valerian, dark magic, and deadly chases, but he is still on the run. Now, as the City lies frozen, he is captured and incarcerated in the Emperor Frederick’s palace. Boy is transported to a wor
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ebook, 240 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Wendy Lamb Books (first published July 8th 2004)
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Mindy
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Boy has a major case of TSTL.
Siobhan
May 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted this one to win me over, to improve upon the first book. Sadly, such a thing did not happen. If anything, I enjoyed the first book more – at least in that books there were moments where I considered giving it three stars.

This book continues on where the last one left off, continuing the story forward. However, it really doesn’t add much to the story. We’re given an answer as to who Boy actually is, an answer you can figure out simply by reading the prologue. Oh, don’t worry there are so
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Karen
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, horror
Sequel to The Book of Dead Days.Boy has survived the terrors of life with the magician Valerian, dark magic and deadly chases, but he is still on the run. Now, as the City lies frozen in the icy claws of winter, he is captured and incarcerated in the Emperor Frederick's palace. Boy is transported to a world of gilded finery and splendor beyond his wildest imaging. But this world is full of madness and cruelty, closely guarded secrets and terrifying revelations. . . . There Boy and Willow must ou ...more
Moo
Jul 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've NEVER stopped reading a book half way through in my life, but this book............ Was a first. I HAD to stop reading it. I read multiple books at a time and when reading it and Shiver, well, it's over shadowed and I've stopped reading it. perhaps I bought a book to young for me. I don't know, I just didn't enjoy it.
Sezín Koehler
So good. Beautifully written, love the characters of Boy and Willow, and there were some brilliant twists towards the end that were horrifying and awesome. Highly recommended.
Sharon Anne
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Regina Bethory
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Definitely not as great or exciting as the first book but I enjoyed the ending and how things were wrapped up.
Amy
Sep 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All those who have read the The Book of Dead Days
This book was a very interesting read with an original plot. However I expected something which wasn't there...




The Plot

This book does not contain as much action, suspense and 'darkness' as much as The Book of Dead Days, which I expected and certainly would have loved. On the other hand, it does contain a higher level of mystery than the first book.

I didn't expect this book to have this sort of plot since the dark days aren't part of the story. They were a crucial part of the first book so it's
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Carlyn Brody
The Dark Flight Down is the sequel to The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick. The first book was about a young boy named Boy who worked for a magician named Valerian. Years ago, Valerian made a pact with evil for a wish in exchange for his soul. Valerian and boy go on an adventure to find a magical book which has the answer to any problems so that Valerian can cheat death. The Dark Flight Down continues days after the on ending of The book of Dead Days.


Boy has survived his adventures in The B
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GreekReaders
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Η συνέχεια των νεκρών ημερών βρίσκει τους ήρωες ακριβώς στο σημείο και στη στιγμή που τους άφησε. Συναντάμε νέους και παλιούς χαρακτήρες, ήδη γνωστούς από το πρώτο βιβλίο, στην πορεία προς την αποκάλυψη της ταυτότητας του Αγοριού. Τίποτα το ιδιαίτερο από ανατροπές, καθώς από νωρίς έχεις μια ιδέα για το πως πρόκειται να εξελιχθεί η ιστορία και συνεχίζεις διάβασμα για να δεις ποιες αποφάσεις θα πάρουν οι ήρωες στο τέλος. Θα μπορούσε κάλλιστα να είναι ένα βιβλίο μαζί με το "Αθέατος κόσμος" (βλέπε σ ...more
Garry
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When a book is a mere, oh, 250 pages -- and little pages at that -- it is unfortunate that such a significant portion of the limited space and time of the book is consumed with the "stage business" of this as a sequel. For the first 60 to 80 pages, it felt as if any one step forward required five steps backwards and sideways to connect the action in this book with the events of the previous book.

Once again, the description and atmosphere are the best parts. But here the connections between Boy
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Hollowspine
Jun 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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Alex Ronk
Llevaba años entre los libros que aún no leí, principalmente porque me decía cada que lo veía que debía de conseguir el primero para así poder entenderle mejor; pero la verdad es que no hecho el intento de buscarlo, así que decidí que era tiempo de leerlo y si no le entendía pues no sería el fin del mundo.

Le entendí un poco, la historia se me hacía confusa por momentos porque hablaban de cosas que pasaron anteriormente y por eso me perdía en ocasiones, sin embargo, seguí leyendo, me dije que no
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Justin
Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely enjoyed this (the second book) more than The Dead Days. Although the writing style seemed more directed towards a younger audience, I still found the book to be quite interesting. Unlike the firs book, I was actually curious as to what was going to happen next. I think that most of my interest in the book came from the fact that there were a lot of unanswered questions in the first book which were thankfully all addressed in "The Dark Flight Down". Like the first book i found the en ...more
Andrew
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all I will apologise as I am trying to type this up while my cat is demanding fuss so apologies .... He is very determined
Anyway the book this was the sequel to the book of dead days which I must admit I picked up purely on the intriguing title and which I really enjoyed. Now with book two (and the final volume) I wanted to see what happened to Boy and Willow and I was not disappointed. Now is some sequels you sort of can see where things are going or figure out what will happen to who
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un Jard   jade
Jul 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marcus sedgwick Lovers and gothic tale readers
this is my all thime faveourite book out of all of the Marcus sedgwick (apart from witchhill, i haven't read it yet)i like the way it started with Valerian being Dead and and boy staying kelper i thought that was a bit strange i dont know why nut i thought he was just using boy for a bit and i ended up being right.
my faveourite part was the ending with the singing !!!
to be honest i did'nt really find the part interesting when we (the readers) found out how the the beast was boys brother making h
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Dan Thompson
I am a huge fan of Marcus Sedgwick. His earlier work (like this) is much more gothic than the newest works, and I like that. Being reintroduced to Boy and Willow in the dark, gothic, almost Victorian world they inhabit was nice, familiar, and soothing. Boy and Willow's naive view of the world was refreshing.

I have to say though that the world felt flat and the twists and turns felt predictable. I love Sedgwick's writing, and it is fresh, too the point, but has a magical, almost literary quality
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Ara
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not really my cup of tea... I did think it wasn't when I started it and was contemplating whether to finish it or not. I had to since I don't like leaving a book unfinished.

It's an interesting tale, a bit gloomy and dark and mysterious. But too stretching, though I did like how the chapters were short which made reading it easier for me. I found out that this was the second book and not having read the first I think it's still ok to read it without having read the first. Don't think I'm mi
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Eleanor
Dec 20, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens who like fantasy!
This book is the sequel to The Book of Dead Days. It continues the story of Boy, who is still trying to gigure out who he is. He gets taken to the Imperial Palace and becomes a part of everything, at the same time the crazy emperor is trying to become immortal. This book is really exciting because it has a lot of suspense and plot twists. The only thing I didnt like about the book is the ending. Boy finds out who is and much much more! If your going to read then I recommend reading the Book of D ...more
Rachel
Nov 21, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes easy-to-read fantasy
This is the sequel to The Book of Dead Days, and it was just as good as the first one, if not somewhat more satisfying. It's not heavy or deep, but it's an enjoyable and quick read if you're looking for something to be absorbed by for a day or so. It did seem a little bit bare-bones in its detail, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, and I probably just noticed it because I haven't been reading a lot of youth fiction lately (other than Harry Potter, which, as we all know, isn't really bare-bo ...more
Sally
Oct 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequal to the Book of Dead days a duology, set right after the first one ends.

Although the same story and characters I feel that this one has more of a creepy element to it which I just simply love,especially as im mainly reading it during the evenings in October. Too creepy to read in bed at night time :(

I like Sedgwicks writing style as it flows easily and I soon find myself lost in the books world. Lovely just how a good book should be.

Not as good at the first one but really enjoy
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Deborah
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marqus Sedgwick's "The Dark Flight Down," continues the story of Boy and his friend Willow and a new journey with the scientist Kepler. Boy runs an errand for Kepler and ends up incarcerated in the dungeon of the Emperor Frederick's palace. In this thrilling conclusion to the story of Boy there are many thrills and mysteries to be solved as the gruesome Phantom attacks and Maxim, who serves as the Emperor's closest advisor, tries to use Boy to find the Book to use to serve his own purposes. A gr ...more
Angie
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
at first this seems to be another version of "powerful male victorian genius misanthrope domineers young street urchin for his own nefarious ends". and it is for a bit, but deviates from that motif more as the story continues. lovely descriptions, you can almost feel the snow settling over the city (despite the fact that it's summer in my worlod right now). And Boy's character develops even more in this book.
Miss Bookiverse
It only took me 6 years to pick up this sequel to The Book of Dead Days. I'm glad I did though because it's a decent addition to its predecessor and it made me realize that Boy's story was not yet complete. The story is pretty straight-forward but the writing and the audiobook narration are beautiful and turned this into a magical little story.
Andriana
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best part about this book is how Marcus really manages to make you feel like you're there, in the setting. Despite reading the book in the middle of August, I felt covered in the snow. I would recommend it for ages 11 to 15, it is something really "light" to read and exciting at the same time. The beautiful writing makes you really fall in love with the story, although it isn't all that original.
Attila
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The sequel to Book of Dead Days, an equally sinister, atmospheric, and fascinating story taking place in a world of gloom, madness, and dark magic. It is quite similar to the first book, following the adventures of the two teenage protagonists. They slowly fall in love with each other, but later get separated and must fight against impossible odds to escape from their enemies and to finally leave the city. A great book, and a fitting conclusion to the duology.
Bryn
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little hard to get into at first, but about halfway through it started to pick up. I recommend reading the first book right before you read this one though because I read it six months ago and I didn't remember very much. But still, there were so many plot twists that kept me entertained and I really enjoyed reading it.
Matthew
Very gripping, it was very hard to put down once I started it. The characters were very real, and the Emperor in particular I liked as he is so gullible and naive, and funny at times. Maxim made a very good evil right hand man to the Emperor, and the relationship between Boy and Willow was moving as well...
Laurie Thurston
I think this story would have worked better as one book instead of two, actually. The start was a bit slow...lots of recapping from the first novel. The ending reminded me of one of my favorite Richard Matheson short stories called "X"....very cool. As always, I enjoy the worlds Sedgwick creates and how he peoples them. The audio version of this was terrific.
Dan
Dec 22, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
A turely horrifying story. It is about a boy named Boy yet, after his adventures with his old master Valerian, after he tried to kill him and all, Boy lives in search of his past, his real name and such. Yet once he's captured by the emporer's right hand man Maxim, things starts to unfold and secrets are revealed, including the secret about the blood thristy killer, Phantom.
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Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent, England. Marcus is a British author and illustrator as well as a musician. He is the author of several books, including Witch Hill and The Book of Dead Days, both of which were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The most recent of these nominations rekindled a fascination with Poe that has borne fruit here in (in The Restless Dead, 2007) the form of "The Hea ...more
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