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The Doomspell Kindle Edition

4.8 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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Length: 228 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Age Level: 9 - 11

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If Hollywood ever decides to make a film of The Doomspell, they're going to need an awfully big budget. In his first highly imaginative novel, Cliff McNish has created a story so large in scope, so plentiful in amazing characters and containing so much colourful magic that even Steven Spielberg would have a hard time doing justice to it on the large screen.

At the heart of The Doomspell, proclaims the cover, is a battle between good and evil. What it fails to mention is that it is an enormous battle that begins the moment Rachel arrives unexpectedly in the frozen ice world of Ithrea. Along with her brother, Eric, Rachel has been sucked through a terrifying portal to this unhappy world by a witch called Dragwena. A loathsome creature--with blood-red skin, tattooed eyes, four sets of teeth and a writhing snake-mouth filled with purple-eyed, armoured spiders--Dragwena has been seeking her perfect partner for centuries. And now, her quest for one to rule by her side and to help spread her twisted hate to other planets has reached fever pitch. Rachel has been chosen. She has powers beyond her wildest dreams. Skills she never thought she had or would ever need. Abilities she must learn to utilise fast--or face the consequences of being overpowered by pure evil...

The book is a magical read, full of danger, treachery and excitement. It doesn't shy away from the occasionally gory results of Dragwena's wrath, but this thrilling read would not be complete without such honest detail. A page-turner, and sometimes a stomach-turner, The Doomspell never fails to enthral and captivate and is recommended for the bravest readers who do not flinch from such raw adventure. (Ages 10 and over) --John McLay

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High fantasy, richly imagined and refreshingly well-written - an excellent novel. (THE SUNDAY TIMES)

Brilliant, breathless and filled with action from page one. (KIDS OUT)

An incredible world in which the reader will become totally absorbed. (THE BOOKSELLER)

Gripping, racy, children have been fighting to borrow it. (THE GUARDIAN)

A vivid world of magical possibilities. (THE TIMES)

A thrilling and magical read - there is a real build up of suspense with plenty of twists and turns. It is full of brilliant descriptions of events, characters and places. (LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICE FOR SCHOOLS)

Places him firmly among much more well-known names such as Philip Pullman and C.S.Lewis - Ithrea is a truly complete world, and the characters are beautifully conceived to obtain an emotional response from the reader. (BOOKMONSTER)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 933 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books; New Ed edition (25 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004N622E4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,956 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Magic, mystery, suspense, action-packed gripping fantasy plot, well-written, lots of vivid imagery... it's a short novel and I literally couldn't stop until I'd finished it! Can't wait to read the next one in the trilogy.

It's easy to empathise with the main characters, brother and sister, Rachel and Eric. Snatched away from their homes on Earth and thrown into a world of dark magic we follow their fight to overthrow evil.

For all ages 8+, and as another reviewer has commented, it would make a great film!
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By A Customer on 10 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is an amazing piece of work. It is all about Rachel and her brother Eric, how they are ripped into another world ruled by the witch,a monstrous, merciless creature who is looking for a child powerful enough to help her get revenge on the wizards who defeated her long ago. Rachel proves to be that person, but will she use her magic against the witche's evil to save her friends or join her? An excellent read. Many people have compared it to Harry Potter. You could never find two more different kind of books. Harry Potter is bouncy and humorous. Doomspell is unlike most children's fiction because it a lot more mysterious, more like a thriller you cannot stop reading. This is a fast paced page turner which leaves you breathless for the sequel.
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Format: Hardcover
I've just finished reading The Doomspell and found it absolutely brilliant. For a first novel it is a major achievement. It is particularly good to read a novel of this genre that includes unpleasant as well as heroic deeds without reverting to "Americanised" fantasy sentimentalism. The story is simply told in the manner of an oral story and the simplicity of the language adds to the overall tension of the story as it unfolds. I hope this book and its subsequent installments gain the popularity they deserve. Read it.
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Format: Hardcover
A strange book this in a way.On the plus side it has a good plot. While obvious comparisons can be made with CS Lewis and to some extent Alan Garner, it has enough original twists and turns to make it interesting and exciting. The visual imagery invoked is startling and often horrific. McNish does not shy away from the stuff of nightmare. However I felt that the book was let down by poor writing. There are too many quick and simple resolutions, very little characterisation and often just bad english. It just does not compare with the likes of Geraldine McCaughrean, Philip Pullman or Susan Price.This is his first book though and these are technical quibbles that may be improved with experience. I would still like to find out what happens next!
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By A Customer on 15 May 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've just read 'The Doomspell' by Cliff McNish. It's about two children, Rachel and Eric, who are brought into the enchanted world of Ithrea. There they meet a terrible witch, but she is no ordinary witch. Oh no! There's only one Dragwena. What does she want them for? And how can they stop her? This is a dark sumptuous tale full of magical characters, thrilling adventure and rich language. The imaginitive ideas flow and weave together to create a wonderful world that will stay with you long after the last page. Although the first in a trilogy 'The Doomspell' is a complete tale in itself, that leaves you wanting more. I simply loved it.
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Format: Paperback
I was bought this book by my foster mother a fairly long time ago (I was about 14 I think) and I really liked it, in fact I loved it. I re-read it so many times that my poor old paperback is nearly falling apart. Recently I picked it up again, although mainly out of a need for something comforting and from a place which I still call home even if I don't live there anymore. I did however read it with something like a sense of dread because I know how much your taste can change over many years, and I really didn't want to read it to find that I hated it! Luckily, this was not an issue.

This book really does remind me of 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' by C.S. Lewis, except without the religious references and metaphors and, if I can say this without being stoned to death or other such punishments, much better written. It is almost a modern version of this literature classic with similarities such as an evil witch who rules the world, the children being brought into the world, the snowy frozen world that has been enforced by the Witch and the underground resistance that has grown up over the many, many years. However, the children were dragged into the world instead of coming of their own free will and there are only two children as main characters; Rachel and Eric. Children have been dragged into the World by the Witch for centuries upon end as she has tried to find the one who can end her exile, and Rachel and Eric are just the latest two who were dragged in while their father desperately tried to save them. At the beginning of the book their father is left looking at the hand which had let go of his daughter when she most needed him, cursing it and crying as he doesn't know whether he will ever see his children again.
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Format: Hardcover
This is one of the most wonderful books I have read - ever! It is a fantastic mixture of fantasy and imagination. I am so glad that it is the first in a trilogy... I am only sad that there won't be a fourth book telling the tale of the land of Ithrea and the ever so brave Rachel. I think this book is in a field of its own but if I had to compare it with something I would say that it reminds me of the Hobbit in a funny sort of way. You MUST read this book... it will take you away from this world and drop you into another and you will not want to leave!
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