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The Gorgon's Gaze: The Companions Quartet: Book 2: Bk. 2 [Paperback]

Julia Golding
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1 Feb 2007 Companions Quartet
Magical Mallins Wood is under threat from developers. Unknown to everyone but the members of the top secret Society for the Protection of Mythical Creatures, the wood is the home of the last gorgon, a creature so deadly she can kill with a look.
Col's difficult mother is the gorgon's Companion - a human with a special bond with the gorgon - and she's determined to save it. So determined, that she'll allow the evil shapeshifter Kullervo to help her, even if it means having to sacrifice her son to him.
But Kullervo wants more than to help the gorgon. He wants universal power, and he needs Col's best friend Connie to get it.
Col's mum tells Col that she wants to meet this powerful girl. But is it a trap? And, if so, who is the hunter, and who the hunted?

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (1 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192754610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192754615
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My journey to becoming an author has been a roundabout one, taking in many other careers. I grew up on the edge of Epping Forest and was that dreamy kind of child who was always writing stories. After reading English at Cambridge, I decided to find out as much as I could about the wider world so joined the Foreign Office and served in Poland. My work as a diplomat took me from the high point of town twinning in the Tatra Mountains to the low of inspecting the bottom of a Silesian coal mine.

On leaving Poland, I exchanged diplomacy for academia and took a doctorate in the literature of the English Romantic Period at Oxford. I then joined Oxfam as a lobbyist on conflict issues, campaigning at the UN and with governments to lessen the impact of conflict on civilians living in war zones - a cause about which I still feel very passionate.

Married with three children, I now live in Oxford between two rivers, surrounded by gargoyles, beautiful sandstone buildings and ancient trees.

My first novel, 'The Diamond of Drury Lane', won the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2006 and the Nestle Children's Book Prize 2006 (formerly known as the Smarties Prize). I was also chosen by Waterstone's in 2007 as one of their 'Twenty-five authors for the future'. 'Empty Quarter' was longlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009; 'Wolf Cry' in 2010. In the US, 'Secret of the Sirens' won the honor book medal of the Green Earth Book Award.

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[Of Book 1, Secret of the Sirens]: 'I rated this book 5/5 because the story is so brilliant you simply have to read it. I would strongly advise this book so just buy it and read it!!!!!!!! (Jenii, age 10)

This book is the most excellent book I have ever read. (Amazon review)

If you are looking for a book for a child of junior age or above (or their Mum or Dad!) who enjoys fantasy fiction, then this would definitely be a great choice. (Amazon review)

This has all the ingredients of a must-read series. (Publishing News)

I really like it - it reminded me of Susan Cooper's Over Sea Under Stone. (Amanda Craig)

Crackles with tension (TES)

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The last haven of the deadly gorgon is under threat. Can Col and Connie save her - before she does something drastic to save herself . . .? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My opinion on The Gorgons Gaze 10 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I chose this rating because it was a truly excellent book and I liked everything about it.
I would highly recommend this book to people who are interested in science fiction or mythical creatures.

By Lewis.Grout
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to put down 5 Oct 2006
By M. Lowe
The Gorgons Gaze was as good if not better than the first book in this series. I physically could not put it down, so I finished it in two days. I think the characterization is very good and I love the plot. I also like the fact that there are maps so you can see where everything happens. It is a great book and I can't wait for the next one!

By Tom Lowe, age 12
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3.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 19 Mar 2014
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I loved this book it's fantastic!!!M!!!'!!!!!!!????😋😋😆this book was amazing I think chimeras curse is the best and my favourite book in the series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - unput-down able ! 8 Jan 2014
Daughter 11 loved the book- glued to the page until finished! Read others by this author - all excellent. Great storyline and well written.
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