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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (7 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571236081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571236084
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 775,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A gripping adventure of night chases, double-crossings and weird magic from the bestselling author of Shadowmancer.

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GP Taylor lives on the banks of a river in the midst of a dark wood, an arrow's flight from The Prince Regent Hotel. He spends his days writing and collecting firewood. He can be emailed at shadowmancer@btopenworld.com.

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By istara on 3 Sep 2006
Format: Paperback
There are some very good points and some considerably less good points to note about G P Taylor's Tersias.

On the upside, it's a pretty thrilling, well plotted tale, with plenty of twists and turns. Switching between locations for each chapter creates a filmic effect, with lots of cliffhangers. The writing is vivid and intense, and the characters are well drawn. It's highly original and imaginative.

On the downside, rather like Shadowmancer, there are too many different baddies and monsters, and no clear sense of an ultimate uber-foe. None of the protagonists are particularly sympathetic (this may be a strength for some; it's not for me. I found them all quite repulsive, and rather hoped they would all die). It's good that he's working with "new" monsters, such as the Wretchkin, but a new mythos perhaps needs to be better established. There are too many different ghouls and spirits - the wolf, the Wretchkin(s?), random spirits, white wavering hand, far too many glowing red eyes and fangs and things creeping in and appearing and being remembered from childhood. Admittedly I tend to read things a bit too quickly, being impatient for the ending, but I got confused.

Having two protagonists whose names both start Mal- is not a great idea. It creates a strange sense of echo or confusion, at least in my head. "Magnus Malachi" is a superb name, but "Malpas" could easily have been changed to Valpas or something.

Then this one is a matter of taste, but many readers might find Taylor too graphic and too gruesome. I would be wary of buying this for more delicate little flowers, it's considerably stronger stuff than Harry Potter.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ankay on 18 July 2007
Format: Paperback
G.P. Taylor's earliest books (Shadowmancer, Wormwood) were like craftily great. And the assurance was there, when i got this slice of his works. Unfortunately I was disapointted. Out of the many characters there was, only one really appealled to me, (whom was barely in the book at all) the rest were incredibly annoying. Either bratish kids, all power-crazed psychos. I had to withdraw from reading about 3/4 of the way through, as I didn't care who died or lived anymore. But there are some things to recommend: the clever verbal battles, the kidnappings of Tersias, the many double crossings and such. Many fans of Taylor will love this book, because they may adjust to the characters and the continuing dreary language. But this member of the fans didn't, although wouldn't pass off an opportunity of another Taylor book.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. R. Bushell on 1 Oct 2005
Format: Hardcover
I found this book quite hard to get into, but once I did I was gripped and found it really compelling. Then I got bored of it again, then it gripped me again... Tersias has a very disparate style and the plot seems to follow no sort of sense or logic (even in fiction terms). The characters whilst quite vivid do not have any real depth and I didn't finish reading the book caring about any of them. The motivations of the book's "bad guys" were obscure and all in all I finished the book wondering quite what the point of it had been. There are however some great concepts within the book and parts of it had me enthralled, but then whatever was happening would just stop and I'd be left wondering what was going on (again) - the rest of the novel seemed to meander along aimlessly all the way to a very wet ending.
Maybe this is part of an intended series and all will be revealed later, but it didn't feel like that and even if this were to be a serialised story I didn't feel that the unresolved issues or less explored concepts would really translate well into a sequel. Entertaining but lacking the fullness of a really great novel.
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By Liz Coulter on 16 Aug 2012
Format: Paperback
You may remember GP Taylor from previous books he has written which include Shadowmancer and Wormwood. It is one of those teen fiction kind of books that I really enjoy (I realise I probably lost countless cool points there but I'm not ashamed!) It has a bit of magic, a bit of mystery and a bit of romance, what more could you want?! It is set a few hundred years ago in a London full of beggars, vagabonds and magicians - exactly the kind of setting I love. The main characters include a blind boy who can see the future, a teenage highway man, a crazed zealot who has created his own religious cult and a magician. Intrinsically it is about a teenage boy finding his own identity with a lot of other slightly crazy and magical stuff going on around him. Again, I would thoroughly recommend it - provided teen fiction is your cup of tea...
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By Joe Maw on 7 July 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have become a huge fan of this author. Since reading Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box, I couldn't wait to get hold of the rest of the series. Although Tersias is a sequel, there is no need to have read his previous work as Tersias is a well rounded novel. Gripping from the first page, I read this book in a week!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KP crisps on 29 Nov 2006
Format: Hardcover
London has fallen into decay; many have fled in fear of the comet that is said to be about to strike earth, but out comes a boy called Tersias.

Tersias, a blind boy who has the power to see the future has been enslaved by the nasty Magnus Malachi. Malachi is a magician who has found out Tersias' power and is exposing him for profit and money from the crowds of the putrefied London. Slowly, people begin to hear of Tersias' powers and all want to have him for their own, to use him to know what is to come: Solomon, a crazed follower of the Lord who is breeding a new kind of species, Lord Malpas, a keeper of a curse and power, Jonah, a highwayman of good principles (which is quite odd) and no real talent and Tara, Jonah's partner in crime.

In the beginning Tersias is suffering badly under the keeping of Magnus Malachi. Malachi is getting ready to put Tersias on the Streets of London, Tersias refuses; however Magnus Malachi and a hot poker can be very decisive. Meanwhile Jonah is still trying to get a decent steal when he stumbles across something very mysterious...

At the same time Solomon is breeding flesh-eating beasts. Malpas is determined to find something very precious to him; he will do anything for it. Soon all their paths will cross. Tersias is thrown around to every party, each one wants revenge. The poor boy is taken to Lord Malpas' house where Malachi is thieved from (by Jonah). Solomon starts to hear of Tersias and wants him to tell the future and to see what future is in store for him. Now Jonah wants Tersias after stealing from him and Malachi, unfortunately Solomon and his henchmen arrive just after Jonah and take Tersias from him.
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