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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens (13 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552572047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552572040
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 594,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Amid the swashbuckling and shoot-outs, the ethos and humour recall the straighter-faced Discworld books" (SFX)

"Mason's writing is lively and engaging, and his message of tolerance is a potent one" (Philip Womack Literary Review)

"A hugely entertaining and comic fantasy story that will have young readers enchanted. Conrad Mason has filled his story with characters to rival those in any of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels" (Book Zone For Boys)

"Sparkling and energetic, it's full of wit and comic timing, with piratical idioms galore . . . I think this rip-roaring fantasy adventure is going to win a loyal - and thoroughly deserved - following" (The Bookbag)

"Brilliantly drawn, with wonderfully descriptive passages, and excitement and tension aplenty, this story cleverly intermingles the worlds of humans and mythical beings, so that its hardly seems like a fantasy novel at times" (Steve Pird The School Librarian)

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An accessible, rip-roaring adventure full of pirates, magical creatures and unlikely heroes. This is fantasy at its best.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you want a fantasy world for your young reader that has a wonderful setting, great characters and populated by many different creatures in a hodgepodge melting pot, then you really have to get Conrad Mason's The Demon's Watch. It brings the best of fantasy to the reader with a whole host of cracking characters, top notch entertainment and of course demonstrates that brains can outsmart brawn be it either magical or physical.

It's cleverly written, there is a whole host of twists and Conrad doesn't waste time by getting down to the nitty-gritty that will keep your young reader hooked to the final page. Throw in conspiracy, double dealing and selfish desires, which when fought against by the positive traits of our band of mismatched heroes, really gives the reader a treat to enjoy. Magical.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lil on 13 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover
The world Mason has created here is marvelous - Port Fayt is a busy bustling port town you can see, hear, touch and even at times smell(!). Ideal for a fantasy adventure.

So many characters shine out through the story. Joseph Grubb is the put upon half-goblin boy that finds his rightful place in life through his loyalty and his bravery. The nasty fairy Slik is wonderfully tricksy. And Tabitha is fiesty, brave, quick-thinking and flawed. There might be a better female character in children's literature, but I've yet to come across one.

Action-packed + funny + skulduggary = What's not to like!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tara Christie on 7 Mar. 2012
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As an adult reader (and fan of fantasy literature) I loved this. I'm not often moved to write a review but this is a cracking debut. Can't wait for the sequel!
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I read The Demon's Watch at the same time as my 11-year-old nephew, and his 8-year-old brother dipped in too. We all enjoyed the blood-thirsty fights, the fast pace of action, the twisting, clever plot and witty dialogue, and the artwork. I thought they might be scared by the murderous witch, but I shouldn't have worried. Scary enough, but in a good way! On another level, talking about the book led to some interesting thoughts about politics, trade and power, and about race and identity. The vocabulary and plot would be quite challenging for children under 10 I think, but it's definitely entertaining enough for adults to enjoy reading alongside their children, and explaining things as they read.
Favourite character: Slik the fairy.
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