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Runemarks [Paperback]

Joanne Harris
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Book Description

2 Aug 2012

Seven o'clock on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the End of the World, and goblins had been at the cellar again.

Maddy Smith has always been an outsider. In a world ruled by the harsh and puritanical Order, she is shunned for the strange birthmark on her left hand. For this is no ordinary birthmark - it is a runemark, a sign of the old gods.

In fact, Maddy can do things that no-one else can, things that could be called magic. But not until she meets the old traveller One-Eye, an outsider like herself, does she learn what power she really has, and what she will be asked to do with it.

In Runemarks, Joanne Harris creates a world not unlike our own - if it had been shaped by the Vikings instead of the Romans - and colours it with her familiar blend of rich imagery and gritty realism. A disenchanted world, where the gods died long ago. Can Maddy bring them back to life?


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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0552778982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552778985
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre projects as well as developing an original drama for television.
In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.
Her hobbies are listed in Who's Who as 'mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion'. She also spends too much time on Twitter; plays flute and bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16; and works from a shed in her garden at her home in Yorkshire.


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"Loved Runemarks...a core fantasy much like the stories of David Eddings or Terry Brooks, with a cool twist on Norse mythology" (Stephenie Meyer)

"An inventive, moving and witty novel that is hard to put down" (TES)

"If the likes of Philip Pullman's Northern Lights had you bewitched, then Runemarks is certainly worth a read." (Heat Magazine)

"Joanne Harris, best known as the author of Chocolat, is good at beginnings and pay-offs: each of the chapters in this nine-part fantasy epic has a punchy finish that makes you want to read on...Especially enjoyable are Harris's aphorisms, her satire of joyless piety, and the comically irreverent vernacular spoken by a dissolute goblin and the trickster god Loki" (The Sunday Times)

"She is so terrific, she can write about anywhere, anything, anyone." (Daily Telegraph)

Book Description

Odin, Loki and the other Norse gods come to life in this hugely imaginative novel from the bestselling author of Chocolat .

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5.0 out of 5 stars book 30 Mar 2014
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Loved this book totally new look at joanne Harris books it would read more of this theme again any day
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wot's it all about, Joanie? 19 Mar 2014
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This is rather silly and boring and feels like an unsuccessful attempt to out-Pratchett Pratchett. It is aimed at rhe young teen market, so perhaps that is why this ancient hag was irritated. Would help if Amazon would make it clear that this is not genrrally for adults.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book 31 Oct 2013
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did not enjoy it. Too much like other magical books I have already read. sorry its very rare that i dont enjoy books
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