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Glenn Dakin
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2 May 2011 Candle Man (Book 2)

It’s Batman meets Heroes; A thrilling, Gothic adventure about one lonely orphan boy and the discovery of strange new powers.

I am the Candle Man. I drive back darkness. When Theo defeated his old guardian, Dr Saint, in a fierce, fiery battle, he thought his enemies were routed and the bad old days were over for good. But now the terrible slithering, seething crelp are bubbling up from below ground to snatch people and harvest their bones. Deep beneath the city, an ancient force – one that could threaten even Theo the Candle Man’s power – is getting ready to burn, burn, burn. Twisted, charred, faceless Dr Pyre has a plan, and a secret that will shock Theo to the core. Theo will have to descend once more into the dark, slimy tunnels to fight strange creatures and ally with old enemies. This is why the world needs a Candle Man. To do things that the law can’t do. To go where the police would fail. To make alliances with the strange and wonderful beings that most humans have no idea exist. Evil melts like wax at the hands of the Candle Man.

The Society of Dread is Glenn Dakin’s second novel in the Candle Man series – the ideal fantasy thriller for fans of comic book heroes.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (2 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405246774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405246774
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* 'a great and original adventure' Kids Compass; 'just the thing for a rainy afternoon' Books Monthly; 'the humour is perfectly suited to middle grade readers' The Book Zone; 'the opening chapter is one of the most gripping you'll encounter' The Bookbag; 'full of quick wit' Raging Bibliomania"

About the Author

Glenn Dakin Glenn Dakin began his writing career as a comics creator, devising the humour strip Temptation, and the autobiographical character Abe. His work appeared in cult UK magazines such as Escape and Deadline, and a collection of Temptation was published in 1991. He went on to work for Marvel Comics, writing for the superhero series Plasmer and Clan Destine. He also created the cartoon strip Robot Crusoe, which ran for eight years in the Funday Times. He has had several children’s stories and novels published, including The Frogspawn Code, and has scripted children’s TV programmes Bob the Builder and Shaun the Sheep. A regular contributor to children’s magazines, he has written a comic strip version of the life of Roald Dahl and a Spider-Man series. Glenn lives in Cambridge with his wife and son.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 20 May 2011
This is the best kids book I've read in ages. Everybody should read it. I didn't want to get to the end but couldn't put the book down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Classic! 20 May 2011
By Alan
Fans of the first Candleman book will love the Society of Dread. It continues the story of Theo Wickland but adds far more background to the hero's mysterious origins. It's better written than the first book (which was great in itself) as the author seems more at home with the characters and pacing. In many ways this is to Candleman 1 what The Empire Strikes Back was to Star Wars. While there are some amazingly descriptive scenes and situations, it's also a real page turner with an ending that leaves you wanting to read more. Fans of Harry Potter, the Mortal Engines series and Darren Shan will find they have a new favourite hero after reading this. Now if only the publishers could bring the release of Book Three forward a bit...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only one word......AMAZING 4 Dec 2012
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I'm going to keep it simple and short. This book is amazing with very little fault. I received the first book for my birthday and immediatly bought the second. I recommend this book for anyone who likes myth, magic, adventure, and action. Enjoy!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pandora's Box of Delights 24 Jan 2012
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Glenn Dakin's Candleman series really is like opening up a Pandora's Box of fiendish delight. Reading the two books (so far) in the series, back to back, the mind is boggled by the huge array of fantastic creatures and characters. It's almost like dipping into an almanac of mythological creatures but with an intriguing story to link the madness together. First, we have Theo Wickland, the Candleman himself, he's a hero unlike any others. He's weedy, he's innocent and even walking upstairs leaves him faint with fatigue. Then we have the hideous and ancient Dodo, a Victorian villain who becomes a reluctant ally, a villain who stinks to high heaven. Then there's the fiendish Dr. Pyre, a nihilist who wants the world to burn, a villain worthy of James Bond if ever there was one. Then we have others who you immediately mistrust, even though they've done nothing wrong as yet, characters such as the new Chief of Police, Lord Gold. ANd of course we've not even got onto the garghouls, the smoglodytes or the hideous Crelp who want you to 'please don't hurt us while we kill you.' All in all, the Candleman series is going from strength to strength. It's a book that adults and kids can love, it's got the fear and adventure and humour of Doctor Who with a little twist of twisted weirdness that will have you shaking with laughter and trembling with dread. Bring on book 3 please.
3.0 out of 5 stars Falls short of its potential but good enough if you like sci-fi/adventure. 18 Nov 2013
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This book/series has so much potential but falls short of where it could go. I will probably read the 3rd book as well but I'm not in a great hurry to do so. The first book started well enough but I kept having the feeling that the author just wanted to make a series and kept holding back so that there could be a second book. This book did move things along rather well but there are gaps that I'm hoping will be addressed in the third book. So I give it three stars because it is ok if you are in between series and just need something to read but it could have been four stars if the author would let go of that "gotta have a series" attitude and give us the story.
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