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The Waking World [Hardcover]

Tom Huddleston
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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3 Oct 2013

The Island is in peril. For years, bloodthirsty Marauder pirates have raided along the coast, carrying off goods and cattle. Now they're growing bolder, striking further inland, even taking slaves to man their black ships. An invasion is underway.

As the son of a wealthy Law, young Aran should be safe. The underground farmstead of Hawk's Cross lies miles from the sea, and even the killing winds that sweep down from the moors can't penetrate those solid steel gates. But Aran doesn't want to be safe, he wants to be a warrior: to fight for his friends, his family and his home.

Many tales have been told of the boy who became our greatest King. Very few have spoken of the future . . .


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: David Fickling Books (3 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085756045X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857560452
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.4 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tom Huddleston is an author, musician and journalist employed on the film desk at Time Out London. Though he grew up in North Yorkshire - where his debut novel, 'The Waking World', takes place - he currently resides in Stoke Newington in East London. He is currently hard at work on the next instalment in 'The Future King' series, entitled 'The World Below'.

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"Game of Thrones for teens" (Raimy ReadaRaptor)

"One hell of a debut. Huddleston has the ability to combine fascinating and lovable characters within a rich and interesting world, all intricately weaved into a story that is truly captivating." (Book Angel Emma GoodReads)

"Enthralling" (Jack Parsons sci fi now)

"A gripping, fascinating and delightfully original adventure that doesn't fail to entertain . . . This heart-warming tale of friendship and adventure is certainly set to be a title filed under "classic"." (GoodReads)

"A great blend of mystery and action and just the right amount of the supernatural . . . I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading book two." (Jill Murphy The Bookbag)

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A post apocalyptic tale with twists and turns based on the legend of Merlin and Arthur; filled with action, mystery and adventure.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly Captivating 11 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover
REVIEW BY CALLUM (YEAR 11)

This is an Arthurian adventure/fantasy novel set in a post-apocalyptic alternate future. 1000 years after a shift in climate patterns and the pollution of the Earth's atmosphere, the world has practically returned to the middle ages. Our hero, the young boy Aran, peacefully resides on the Island as the son of a wealthy lord. But his tranquil life is soon endangered as the Marauders, ancient enemies of the Island people, prepare for attack. Aran is sucked into a devastating conflict and an ancient legacy as old as the Island itself.

My favourite aspect of the novel was the futuristic twist on the classic tale of Arthur. The characters and plotline come together in a gripping, fascinating and delightfully original adventure that doesn't fail to entertain. One of the most intriguing characters is Huddleston's portrayal of Peregrine. This mysterious character certainly proves that Huddleston has the ability to create individuals that draw you in, keeping you immersed in his world.

It is hard to mention anything negative about this novel and as I closed the back cover I yearned for more of Aran's adventures and the struggles that lie ahead of him at the conclusion of the book. This heart-warming tale of friendship and adventure is certainly set to be a title filed under "classic".

I really hope that Huddleston continues in his pursuit of fictional writing, as The Waking World was certainly one hell of a debut. Huddleston has the ability to combine fascinating and lovable characters within a rich and interesting world, all intricately weaved into a story that is truly captivating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it 9 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover
This is a very readable, fast-moving and exciting book with a nice mix of adventure, strong characterization, humour and serious purpose. The main characters are ones we can identify with, likeably flawed, and their relationships and development are one of the most enjoyable things about the book. The other thing I love about it is how it deals with its central question: what sort of society would arise out of a Britain destroyed by a massive global catastrophe? It's set in a rural, semi-feudal society in the UK, reminiscent of our medieval past, but it's a UK of the future, which has developed out of the detritus of a long-ago catastrophe. The way the author describes this "Waking World", its reversion to old systems of power and authority, its amnesia about the past, its reworking of the customs and beliefs of our current times, is fascinating, believable, moving and often funny. It's a book which will appeal to teenagers, children and adults. Read it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read 7 Oct 2013
By sarahh
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
this is a really exciting story with loads of action and great characters. I have given it to all my friends to read and recomend it for all, older kids, teenagers and adults. Hoping to read more from this author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 25 Oct 2013
By Jack
Format:Hardcover
My nephew and I really loved this book! We are both hoping there will be another instalment available very soon!
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