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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head; First Edition edition (3 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0370328590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0370328591
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.7 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,143,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Darkhenge, the unearthly novel from Catherine Fisher is one full of history, mystery, myth and magic. Drawing on the author’s passion for archaeology, and set against a landscape steeped in legend near her Wye Valley home, she creates an atmospheric narrative that is every bit as spooky as it is dramatic.

Rob’s sister Chloe lies in a coma in hospital after a riding accident and he is an uncomfortable weekly visitor to her bedside. In an effort to distract himself from the trauma in his personal life, Rob uses his skill at art to get a job on a secretive local dig. His new employer, Dr Kavanagh, is desperate to preserve the operation’s anonymity and warns Rob not to reveal what they are up to. If news leaked that they had found the remains of a prehistoric wooden circle, the media blitz would be catastrophic.

Rob, however, quickly has other things on his mind. Nearby he inadvertently meets what he thinks is a harmless bunch of hippies and he witnesses the resurrection of an apparently shape-shifting Druid called Vetch. The man claims to be centuries old and born at a time when the wooden circle, Darkhenge, was first built. He also claims knowledge of his sister’s accident and he promises Rob the key to another Unworld where Chloe he says is imprisoned--if he helps him breach the dig’s security cordon. Compliance leads Rob into a world where imagination and magic are limitless.

Fisher has been writing likeable and intriguing novels for young teen readers like this for several years, and as an author she deserves wider acclaim and attention. Her recent Ancient Egyptian-flavoured books, for instance, a sequence which began with The Oracle, are of particular merit. Readers who have yet to discover this author will be pleasantly surprised. (Age 10 and over) --John McLay

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"Catherine Fisher is a writer of rare talent" (The Sunday Times)

"A subtle thriller with passages of intense description interspersed with the plot full of excitement" (The School Librarian)

"Fisher is a hugely talented writer . . . This is a dark and brooding fantasy" (Sainsbury's Magazine)

"Fisher conveys complex human emotions through fantasy, teen angst has rarely had such a visceral expression as in the boggy, unpredictable wilderness of Chloe's self-created prison" (Booklist)

"A fantastic story" (Teen Titles) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Barnes on 28 Mar. 2007
Format: Paperback
Brilliant! Catherine Fisher yet again cleverly demonstrates her skill with words in literally transporting you into another world of mystery, love, and adventure.

Rob is a talented teen artist, on school holidays after his exams (GCSEs?), when his little sister Chloe has a nasty riding accident and ends up in a coma. Normal life is put on hold for Rob, his parents and his godfather, Father Mac, as they try to come to terms with the accident and reach Chloe in her coma. Based in Wiltshire, the ancient monuments of Avebury, West Kennet Long Barrow, Silbury Hill and the Ridgeway all play a part in this intriguing tale.

One evening Rob finds himself drawn into a group of druids at Avebury, meeting "Vetch" from the "Unworld". Vetch belives he has the answer to pulling Chloe back from her coma, but it involves trespassing onto the archaeological dig where Rob is working as an artist, recording the finds and structure as they are unearthed by the dig team. Can they reach Chloe before she ventures further into the Unworld? Can Rob save his sister?

A wonderful story, and a must read for young teens suffering with sibling rivalry or jealousy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Booksthatmatter on 26 July 2005
Format: Hardcover
Slightly reminiscent of one of my other favourite books, Alan Garner's Owl Service, this is a fabulous book about the explosive emotions of adolescence and the traps of sibling rivalry cunning interwoven with druidic mythology. I've only previously read the rather younger Snow Walker books by Fisher, but I am seriously impressed by Darkhenge. It has a great deal to offer to early teen readers - both male and female - and is full of rich, poetic writing. I also think there are a fair few Strange & Norrel and Philip Pullman reading adults who will find this utterly compelling. This deserves cross-over readership too.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 April 2008
Format: Paperback
Rob's younger sister, Chloe, has been in a coma for three months. The prognosis is not good for her recovery. Rob is riddled with guilt over the fact that he has always come first in their parents' eyes. He also feels guilty that his thoughts turn to the wish that she would pass on to let everyone get on with their lives.

Then one evening he stumbles upon some New Ager-type people. They have entered a clearing outside his town and ask him for the secret word. He has no idea what they are talking about, and the only word that comes to mind is "Chloe." This is not the word they were seeking. Instead, another mysterious man enters the clearing and asks Rob for assistance. The group again seeks the magical word. This time, the mysterious man, Vetch, mutters "Darkhenge," the word that was requested.

With the entrance of Vetch, a journey begins for all involved. Vetch is from the Unworld and is trying to get back. Archeologists in Rob's town have uncovered the Darkhenge and are trying to destroy it. The unlikely group must band together to save the Darkhenge and return Vetch to his world. Vetch reveals to Rob that his sister, Chloe, is being held in the Unworld and he can help Rob return her to his world, if he helps Vetch return to Unworld.

But the quest is met with obstacles in our world and in Unworld. The quest will be challenging and dangerous in many ways. The most unexpected twist is that Chloe may not want to return to the world she knows.

DARKHENGE is an imaginative dark tale of magic and dual worlds. Each of the main characters has many demons they must face, both real and imagined. The story moves quickly to a satisfying ending. Ms. Fisher has a creative imagination that leaves the reader wanting to experience more of her work.

Reviewed by: Jaglvr
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By C. Harbottle on 14 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
'Darkhenge' is about a boy called Rob, whose sister is in a coma in hospital. However, she is not really in hospital, only her physical form is. Rob meets a strange guy called Vetch, who tells him where his sister REALLY is. It's quite hard to tell anymore about the story because I might give it away.

This story has two parts in it alongside each other - Rob's story and his sister's story. I had never come across this before, but I liked it, because it was like two stories joined together to form one whole one.

This story was set in Silbury in the county of Wiltshire. This made the story more familiar to me because I go there frequently. Therefore, I had a personal connection with the book, so this might have been why this book was extra exciting for me.

You should read this book, because it has an interesting plot which turns on itself halfway through and is unpredictable at times.
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