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Chris Wooding BA
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6 Nov 2008 GOLLANCZ S.F.

A subterranean world of vast caverns, underground seas, crystalline forests. A civilisation born of darkness, in darkness, protected by shadows. A city of merchants, whose eyes have turned upward to the surface, where the lethal light of day beats down on their world. A conspiracy so vast that it will swallow them all . . .

A stunningly original fantasy from a multi-award winning author. With a beautiful baroque world, sharp characterisation and Chris Wooding's trademark insight into the fantasy genre, the dawning of Halflight is an event more than worth waiting for.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (6 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575082984
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575082984
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Wooding grew up in a small town in the Midlands, where nothing very interesting happened. So he started to write. His first book contract was signed at age nineteen. By the time he left university he was working as a full time author and he has been writing professionally all his working life. Only in his early 30s, Chris Wooding is the author of eighteen books that have been translated into twenty languages. His books have won the Nestlé Smarties Silver Award and the Bram Stoker Award, among others, and have been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. He also writes for TV and film, and his first graphic novel is being published in 2012.

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"Wooding's aptitude for world building is impressive, and he creates a mythical and magical place that is striking and involving. He is equally skilled in characterisation too and the world he has birthed is populated with a wealth of fascinating characters. Wooding keeps things moving quickly, sending the narrative flying by at knots." (SCI FI NOW)

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The astonishing new fantasy from the award-winning author of The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hell Hath No Fury 1 April 2009
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Having read the author's excellent and original 'Braided Path' trilogy, I had been looking forward to reading his next offering for adult readers. Though not quite as good as his first outing, 'The Fade' did not disappoint.

Set beneath the surface of a hostile moon, 'The Fade' is tale of war, intrigue and racial hatred. The novel is constructed in an inventive and unusual manner, opening with a chaotic battle scene, that results in the main character, Orna, being taken prisoner by the enemy. From there the plot travels in two directions; one going forwards, treating us to the story of Orna's trials in prison and her heroic escape. The other runs backwards, recounting the events that put this trained killer onto the battlefield.

'The Fade' is written in the first person, which lends the story a sense of urgency, but does occasionally mean that the depth of the storytelling feels unrealistic. Wooding has created an interesting world, filled with antagonistic races, warring factions and unworldly ecosystems, which are all very well described and stand up to close scrutiny. How he managed to pack so much information into just over 300 pages, and still leave room for an intriguing story, is testament to the quality of his writing. My only real complaint about 'The Fade' is that the story of, 'elite warrior-escapes inescapable prison-against all the odds', is hardly original, and in the middle third the story felt a little run-of-the-mill.

The last third however is terrific. As the plot unfolds, the two diverging narratives cleverly marry up, and we see how events in Orna's past effect her actions in the present.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 6 April 2009
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This is a stunning book, wonderfully written with a gripping and intense storyline that had me eager to turn the pages. It's chapter ordering takes a little bit of getting used to: the story is split into two timelines, one going forwards from the events in the "first" chapter, (actually the book begins at chapter 30) and one going backwards (sort of) to events leading up to those in the beginning. It takes a little getting used to, but it works rather well.

The story itself is very gripping, and the world is one of the most unusual locations that I've seen in a fantasy story for a while now. It's all so fantastical, that there were times when I did struggle to remember to invision the settings acurately-I kept forgetting that the majority of the story takes place in a world that is underground. The characters are great, and the ending was stunning. I loved how the author brought together the threads from both timelines to reach a conclusion that I just couldn't have predicted.

I'm eager to see what else this author has to offer. Though short (about 320 pages) The Fade is an excellent title and well deserving of a read if you're into fantasy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing change of pace 22 Sep 2010
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I've read hundreds of fantasy novels over the years, and I'm always looking for something new. Unfortunately it's becoming increasingly rare for something to really grab my attention, but this did. It's a very unusual story with a surprising end, but most of all it's a book you can't put down. I read it in two days (would have been one if not for work getting in the way). Afterwards I lent it to my brother, and he had a similar reaction.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 31 Oct 2007
The world of Callespa was long ago settled by humans. A rocky moon circling a much huger world (presumably a gas giant) in a binary system, the world became virtually uninhabitable when the stars' output dramatically increased. Humanity retreated underground, splintering into many tribes, leaving only those hardy people known as the SunChildren to dwell on the surface. For many years the nations of Eskara and the Gurta have been at war, a battle fought back and forth through vast subterrenean chambers with neither kingdom able to win a decisive advantage.

Massima Leithka Orna is a Bondswoman, an indentured servant of Clan Caracassa. She is also a member of her clan's Cadre, a collection of warriors and magic-wielders (known as chthonomancers) beyond compare, elite fighters at the front of every major push but also adept at assassination and espionage. During a brutal battle her forces are betrayed and her husband is killed. Taken prisoner to a Gurta fortress, Orna lives only to escape and find her son, now serving on the front lines.

The Fade is a terrific novel. Relatively short (just over 300 pages in hardcover) it is nonetheless superbly-written with vivid characters. The first-person narrative works well, as does the unusual structure (the present-day storyline alternates with flashbacks - in reverse order - showing Orna's history up until the point of her capture). Whilst the epic story of conflict between two civilisations forms the backdrop, the novel is much more concerned with Orna's emotional journey and her relationship with her late husband and her son, which is handled well with all the depth and complexity of real-life relationships. The underground steampunk-esque setting is extremely well-realised and atmospheric, as are the short sections set on the surface.

The Fade (****) is a complete story in itself but a fair number of loose ends are left dangling for possible future sequels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read!
A superb book set in an innovative and vibrant setting. Great characters, lots of twists, and some real 'wows' along the way. Buy or download this book now!!
Published 10 months ago by squidbeak
2.0 out of 5 stars Such a shame
This is my first encounter with Chris Wooding. I bought this book based on the Amazon reviews and based on its blurb. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars very dissapointed
After reading "Retribution Falls" I was really looking forward to reading this book but I was sorely disappointed. Read more
Published 21 months ago by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars insanely good book
I bought this book on the recommend of amazon, when the book arrived and I read the first couple of pages I knew that it was going to be something special

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Published on 29 Mar 2012 by Ciaran
1.0 out of 5 stars The kindle edition chapters are all muddled up
This is not a reflection on the story which I have not read. I bought the kindle edition and the chapters are in random order. This book is completely unreadable in this format. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant (one off) fantasy/sci book........
I was recommended this book by a friend and I am so pleased I read it. It is quite frankly one of the best fantasy / sci fi novels I have ever read. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2012 by Mr. C. J. Howard
3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright.
Just finished this and I'm kinda left with a "hmm - well it's alright" sorta feeling. Meaning it's not great or very immersive fantasy or in any way epic, but a nice little... Read more
Published on 2 May 2011 by DanielFJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Immense!
Another wonderful book from Chris Wooding. His ability to create other worlds is phenomenal, his attention to character depth fantastic, and his story telling immense. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2011 by MM
5.0 out of 5 stars Very very well written
It is rare in science fiction and fantasy to come across a genuinely well written book. Fantasy has lots of ideas and scale, drama and intrigue but lacks nuance. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2011 by Mr. R. D. Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Blisteringly Paced
I won't give another plot synopsis, just an addition to the well deserved praise that this book has gathered. Read more
Published on 14 April 2010 by JibbityJobby
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