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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Point; New edition edition (16 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439982456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439982450
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 762,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ONCE upon a time there was a young lady who lived in a marsh, and her name was Poison. Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 May 2003
Format: Hardcover
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 By TXFanatic on 11 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
-------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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Huni on 28 May 2006
Format: Paperback
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T & JC Murden on 19 May 2004
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toby Andersen on 17 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
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
6/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rubbah on 17 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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By Countess on 25 May 2008
Format: Paperback
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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By Jaz M on 18 Dec. 2014
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One of my faves
Im wildly in hate with the cover, I know it ties in with the other styled covers of Chris Woodings books but it totally does not match the story feel and style. I prefer the original of deep purple of an old creepy house.https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=poison+chris+wooding&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CAcQjRw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.trappedbymonsters.com%2F2010%2F07%2Fthe-wondrous-mr-wooding%2F&ei=DS6TVKmVD8HLaLTGgogH&bvm=bv.82001339,d.d24&psig=AFQjCNHzdMlUkVYijZZvHEKBsBFvXduPmA&ust=1419018118981701
however this was cheap and its the story I care about most!
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