Have you ever craved a book with a murder mystery and the undead that doesn’t involve the embarrassment of Edward Cullen or the dramatics of Count Dracula? Well, My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick is just that. Thankfully it is a tale told as a thriller rather than a love story, with vampire traits that have historical foundation and believability.
Sedgwick’s novel is inspired by Eastern European folklore and incorporates these details faultlessly throughout the book. With inspiration from vampire folklore, there is an increased sense of truth as these were tales that real people believed, rather than ideas that are exaggerated to the point of comedic disappointment.
This story follows a boy named Peter, in the 17th century, who works as a woodcutter with his father, living in the forest. In the harshness and chill of winter, things begin to take a darkening turn as the dead rise, villagers disappear and Peter’s father Tomas continues to surround himself with secrets. As impossibilities become possible and secrets reveal themselves the question of true good and evil is asked: can good really conquer evil?
A tale that draws you in and chills your heart as you sit on the edge of suspense, is a tale worth losing yourself in. My Swordhand is Singing is a spectacular thriller and a definite must-read for those wanting more than underdeveloped vampire plots.
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This book is one where reality and fantasy merge in a magical and fantastical way. Throughout The Night Circus you will be drawn into a world of mystery and passion through unusual second person perspectives and gripping moments of action. You will be transported into a different time with a magically appearing Circus although unlike others it is void of colour, filled with mysteries and the occasional flash of red cloth.
What would you say if you found out that some magicians really had magic. Well in The Night Circus they do. A rivalry of friends gives way to a competition unlike one you have heard of before. Bounded to fatal competition Celia (daughter of Prospero the Great) and Marco (an orphan assistant to Mr A-H) must compete as there mentors’ proxies. The arena: Le Cirque des Rêves. The supporters: rêveurs. This Circus travels without warning and remains in only black and white with a dream-like element beyond that which is apparent in any other circus tent.
The illusionist Celia and the producer’s assistant Marco begin a battle of wonders and incite awe amongst the circus goers. With an exchange of fantastical powers there comes immense passion that cannot be disguised. But what will happen when the inevitable end of the competition is the dead of a competitor? Soon enough chaos begins to break out within the circus as the laws of the rivalry are not being followed. How will the circus be saved? How will the lovers survive?
Read The Night Circus to explore the incredible, ethereal tale of two people who could not choose their fate but will find something they never would have found otherwise.
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