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Poison [Hardcover]

Chris Wooding
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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21 Mar 2003
Poison is a gripping and malevolent tale from master storyteller Chris Wooding. Enter a world where humans are the vermin; a gruesome, nightmarish land of malicious tricksters and evil disguised as beauty. This is no phaerie tale...

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; First Edition edition (21 Mar 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 043998162X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439981620
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,832,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic story from a fantastic writer 21 May 2003
By A Customer
Poison is another brilliant book by Chris Wooding. If you liked The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, then you'll love this. I couldn't put it down until the very end. It has an original storyline and is fast-paced and exciting. Even if you haven't read any of Wooding's other books, you'll probably like this if you liked books by Philip Pullman, William Nicholson or Garth Nix.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderous Wooding 28 May 2006
By Huni
Wooding graces us with another refreshingly brilliant story line. He has an amazing ability to create extensive plot lines without the need to make any of the characters seem over the top, although some parts of the book were very stereotypical and slightly predicable it offered a variety of twists in the main storyline and a fantstic ending. Wooding definately has some skill to be able to produce a book like this, although it uses themes that many other books seem to use i.e. fairies and elves it takes a more realistic approach and views the subjest from a totally different angle. It is well worth reading even if only to understand that those mythical creatures used in stories, those that have become stale do not have to be that way. Wooding uses fresh insight and imagination to bring them back to life again. Another great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't listen to the other review!!!! 19 May 2004
I have read the haunting of alaizabel cray and i hated it. I bought this believing i would most probably hate it was well. But no! The story is well thought out and quiet freaky in parts (especially at the spider-lady's castle). Poison (the main character) does win your sympathy and The Phaerie lord Aelthar is a charcater rather reminiscent of Jareth (Labyrinth) which i definetly like. This book is well worth the 4.49 or wwhatever it costs and. It is a dark, gothic tale as you can imagine it being when having a leading lady named Poison. Five stars, definetley!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars pretty basic - but well imagined 17 Dec 2007
pretty basic but vividly imagined novel from chris wooding. the plot within a plot is fun - twisty and about lives being written in books - a very circular narrative structure - which was fun.
however it was just a bit on the dull side - i read it after the braided path books - which were awesome - and this just pails in comparison. enjoyable but since outclassed by the author himself this book was an okay fun read
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-------WARNING------SPOILERS AS ALWAYS-----------

Poison, as the name suggests, is a story, penned by Chris Wooding of the Haunting of Alaizabel Cray fame, following the trials and tribulations of the protagonist of the same name; a young teenage girl known as Poison. The book charts Poison's progress through increasingly murky waters; from her own dreary swamptown Gull to the harsh and sinister Wide World beyond its confines. Compelled by the theft of her sister, little Azalea, taken by malign "phaeries" while a voracious and evil changeling is left in its stead, a furious Poison sets out to gain an audience with the King of Phaeries, intending that she get her sister back at all costs. And so the adventure begins.
Poison is a solid book; well-plotted (every chapter revealing another hurdle to be overcome by our stoic heroine), filled with likeable characters that you can easily empathise with, and the phaeries are just derisive enough as to be worthy of doing what that author says, namely driving the human race to the most inhospitable parts of all the land, and keeping them there. Wooding concocts scenes outlandish and grisly enough to give younger readers a scare; for example, the contrast between Peppercorn's naivety and the sheer balefulness of the Bone Witch, both denizens of the same macabre dwelling, are put to great use. There are, however, some pitfalls.
This book, despite claims to the contrary, really is a phaerie tale, albeit one of a darker and more intelligent stock than those spelt with a plain "f".
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5.0 out of 5 stars dark fairytale 17 April 2009
By Rubbah
a very dark fairytale, in which Poisons baby sister is swapped for a changeling. She then embarks on a journey to save her sister from the phaeries in a twisted world of witches and spider goddesses and forgotten stories, only to discover a huge secret that changes her whole life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Book 25 May 2008
I read this novel annually and I never tire of it. Wooding's language desribes the environment so well it enchants readers and beckons you to forget your own world. Although it is a fantasy, it is by no means a traditional fairy tale; it is dark and mysterious, with an unpredictable story that is at least 3 paces in front of you every step of the way.
It simply captures your imagination and trust me, it will not disappoint. I have forced it upon my friends, and even the few that hate fantasy books with a passion loved it, and are asking to borrow it again.
BTW totally agree with another reviewer, I always picture the Phaerie Lord as Jareth from the Labyrinth!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! 10 Dec 2013
By Kathryn
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book after reading it as a child, and it has brought back so many memories! Brilliant condition, exactly what i was looking for! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read Over and Over Again
I have read this book at least four times, it is a masterpiece of fantasy. The heroine is both relatable, and interesting, her character development is really believable. Read more
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This book is just fabulous , it is perfect for young adult readers and even some adults.

All I'm going to say was I didn't expect the ending at all !
Published on 22 April 2011 by Ms J S
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book
If anyone teaches year 6 this is an amazing myth, extended narrative etc. I was teaching a short extract and bought the book, it was great I could not put it down. Read more
Published on 2 May 2010 by Izzibet
4.0 out of 5 stars A story within a story.....
I had had this for quite awhile, as I bought it after reading "The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray" which was a really fantastic book. Read more
Published on 30 May 2007 by George Stringer
5.0 out of 5 stars Poison is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Poison was the best book I ever read!!! There's no other words to decribe it other than, fantastic, brilliant, total genius!!! Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2006 by "thejaffacakequeen"
5.0 out of 5 stars Poison- reveiw by cheese on toast
Not in the same league as '...Alaizabel Cray', but lets face it that was incredible. Still, WOW! To be honest I was gripped from the moment Chris revealed that 'Poison' was... Read more
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