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Curtis Jobling
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6 Jan 2011 Wereworld


When the air is clear, sixteen year-old Drew Ferran can pick up the scent of a predator.

When the moon breaks through the clouds, a terrifying fever grips him.

And when a vicious beast invades his home, his flesh tears, his fingers become claws, and Drew transforms . . .

Forced to flee the family he loves, Drew seeks refuge in the most godforsaken parts of Lyssia. But when he is captured by Lord Bergan's men, Drew must prove he is not the enemy.

Can Drew battle the werecreatures determined to destroy him - and master the animal within?

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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (6 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141333391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141333397
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 232,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The designer of multi-award-winning worldwide hit children's television show "Bob the Builder", and the author/illustrator of numerous children's books (including the acclaimed "Frankenstein's Cat"), Curtis lives with his family in Cheshire, England, surrounded by a ridiculous collection of film and animation memorabilia. He grew up as a child of the 70s on a hearty diet that included Star Wars, Action Man, Flash Gordon, LEGO, Fighting Fantasy books and Harryhausen monster movies. A horror fan from this young age, pre-school television seemed like a natural career path.

Having left Cleveland College of Art & Design in Middlesbrough, England, in 1994, he went on to first experience film work for the Oscar-winning "Wallace & Gromit" Aardman team, and followed that up as a model-maker and prop-painter on Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!" before moving on to design the BAFTA-award-winning Bob the Builder. The animated series "Frankenstein's Cat", commissioned by the BBC, has been shown around the globe, picking up the Pulcinella award for 'Best Children's Show' at the 2008 International Cartoons On the Bay festival in Salerno, Italy. His hit new preschool show, "RAA RAA the Noisy Lion" can be seen on CBeebies and TV channels the world over.

"Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf", is Curtis's first novel as we enter the world of Lyssia and the many therianthropes that inhabit it. It was written mostly at night while the children slept and when the TV work was done. Curtis is currently writing the second volume in the series, in which the last of the Werewolves, Drew Ferran, encounters a new host of deadly and dangerous Werelords. Six thrilling volumes make up this epic fantasy horror series of novels.

"Haunt: Dead Scared", is based (very loosely) upon Curtis's life growing up in the sleepy industrial town of Warrington in the northwest of England. Equal parts ghost story, buddy/buddy tale and murder mystery, this is a darkly comic chiller for ages 10+!

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About the Author

The designer of worldwide hit children's television show Bob the Builder, and the author/illustrator of numerous children's books, Curtis Jobling lives with his family in Cheshire, England.

Early work on Aardman's Wallace & Gromit and Tim Burton's Mars Attacks led to him picking up his crayons in 1997 to design the BAFTA winning Bob. The animated series of Frankenstein's Cat, based upon Curtis's book of the same name, picked up the Pulcinella award for Best Children's Show at the 2008 International Cartoons On The Bay festival in Salerno, Italy. His noisy new preschool show, Raa Raa, can be seen on CBeebies, while his original paintings and prints sell in galleries the world over.

Although perhaps best known for his work in TV and picture books, Curtis's other love has always been horror and fantasy for an older audience. Wereworld is his first novel.


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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Imagine a fantasy world on par with that created by Tolkien for his Lord of the Rings books, and then take away the orcs, elves, dwarves, etc. and throw in a werewolf. And some werelions. Oh yes, and whilst you're at it wererats, werefoxes, wereboar and even a wereshark. Add to this a huge amount of writing talent and the end product is Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf by Curtis Jobling, the most exciting fantasy story I have read for years.

I imagine that many readers will make the same incorrect assumption about this book that I made: i.e. it is about a werewolf so therefore it must be a horror story. I couldn't have been more wrong - yes, there are some pretty nasty moments throughout the book, but this is truly a traditional fantasy story, although the kind I feel would still have great appeal to horror fans who claim that they "don't do fantasy". The main title, Wereworld, is the big clue to this books genre, for that is exactly what Curtis Jobling as created - a whole new world where the ruling elite are the werelords, all of them shapeshifters, and all able to turn into their own particular animal. Some of these werelords belong to long and magnificent dynasties, others have fallen from grace and now serve the more powerful shapeshifters in some way or another.

Like all great fantasy writers Curtis Jobling has not just created a world for his story, but in Rise of the Wolf has has also created a back history, elements of which he reveals teasingly as the story progresses. This left me completely torn in two as a reader - dying to know how the events of the story would unfold, but also desperate for the action to be put on hold so that I could find out more about this incredibly original fantasy world.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The 'Wereworld' series 17 May 2014
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This review is for the whole ‘Wereworld’ series – beware of spoilers!

As a lover of werewolves and shape-shifters in general, I was immediately drawn to the ‘Wereworld’ books, which are set in a world in which all the nobility are were-creatures of some kind. The continent of Lyssia has recently been conquered by invaders from the land of Bast, who deposed the former king, a werewolf, and killed his family in order to put one of their own on the throne. Our hero is Drew Ferran, a young man who believes himself to be human until, one night when the moon is full, he finds himself changing into – surprise, surprise – the last of the werewolves and the rightful king. Thus begins his fight to reclaim the throne and drive the Bastians from Lyssia.

I was somewhat disappointed with this series, and am surprised to see it getting so many positive reviews here. The tale of the true king fighting to win back his throne from evil usurpers has been done to death, and Drew himself is not a particularly inspiring character – he is so good and honest and brave and noble that I actually found it hard to like him. He is just too perfect, and it frankly makes him rather boring. At times I found myself rooting for the villains simply because they were the more interesting characters.

It’s clear that the author has done little or no research into the animals his characters become – for example, he does not seem to know that hyenas are not dogs, or that a panther is merely a black leopard, not a species in its own right. With his were-creatures, he has a great opportunity to show some of the species which suffer from undeserved bad reputations in a more positive and realistic light, but instead he simply falls back on tired old stereotypes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 1 Feb 2011
This is one of the best fantasy books I have read in a while and I have read many many books. The plot line is excellent and it is a gripping read I read it in one sitting. Eventhough it is meant to be for young adults any fantasy reader of any age would enjoy this book as it is quite graphic and mature in description.

I would recommmend this to anyone who enjoys a quick moving plotline with lots of twists and turns.

Excellent book!! I look forward to any sequels!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming Fantasy 29 Sep 2012
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I'm sorry to disagree with many other reviewers here but I found this book to be very mundane. So much so that I was unable to finish it. I've read a lot of fantasy books over the years and have found that many are repetative and uninspiring. However, as a lover of werewolf/vampire/supernatural fiction I thought this book sounded very original and exciting. However, upon reading I was subjected to the standard 'boy loner having to go out on the road alone' combined with 'main character under a curse' storyline. As a result I found myself getting bored very quickly and losing interest in the characters and story. Sorry Mr Jobling! While I have every respect for the fact that you wrote a book in the first place, I'm just not going to read it. If you're a young adult fantasy lover then this book will probably satisfy; but if you're looking for a werewolf story then I don't think this is the one to read personally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not normally a fantasy fan! 9 Jan 2011
I must confess that I wasn't sure how much I'd enjoy this book. I thought it sounded good, and that I'd likely consider it a decent read, just maybe not for me. Turned out, I loved it! I'm a huge urban fantasy fan, but rarely a fantasy one. But Drew had me won over in a very short space of time.

Drew is a strong character, but events early in the book take a tole on his confidence and leave him seeming more vulnerable and a little younger than he actually is. Yet despite this, he proves himself over and over to be tough, capable and loyal. I loved watching him grow and change as the book went on and see him really find his feet again. There is a very good supporting cast of characters as well, be they the good guys or bad, they all have their specific characteristics that really jump off the page at you.

There is some impressive world building here as well. It's a vivid story, one that has as much horror to it as fantasy, with plenty of action. And pretty much every scene jumps off the page at you. I could see almost the whole story playing out like a movie in my head as I was reading it, right down to camera angles some times! Very unusual for me to see a book played out so clearly, normally characters are my focus, but the scene was just as easy to picture. I love the set up with the various were creatures and all the mythology involved with it. It's a book rich in description of events past and present but never at the cost of the pacing of the book. I found it very hard to put down and just kept turning the pages because I had to find out what happened next.

The first half of he book has a steady pace, not slow by any means as plenty happens, but it does take a real up turn at the halfway point where the tension and danger increases rapidly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable.
My son (aged 9) has loved all of these books. He is an avid reader, so does get through them very quickly!
Published 2 months ago by TJC
5.0 out of 5 stars Wereworld - Rise of the Wolf
This was greatly enjoyed by my 8 year old who read it in a single sitting. Thrilling, gripping, fast, funny - all words he used.
Published 5 months ago by Historia
4.0 out of 5 stars an exciting read
a fast paced story with a great story line I am looking forward to the next chapter hopefully will follow the storyline
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Excellent read would be a good film too..... lots of scope to continue the story HOPE the next book is just as good
Published 7 months ago by Mark G
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I was lucky enough to have curtis jobling visiting my school. The books were just as good as he made them sound. A great read and I shall continue reading on through the series
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I loved this book, and any adult who loves crossover books will enjoy this immensely. I am now going to read the second instalment as I cannot wait to continue with this realm of... Read more
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brought the series for my son and started to read them with him, enjoyed so much i finished each book before him and am now waiting for the latest one to be published, the quality... Read more
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Brilliant! Was unsure to start with but after the first few pages, couldn't put it down.
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A very god storyline that makes you follow it and doesn't let you stop until you finish. Great characters and a brilliant world
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I read it in a day,really enjoyed it and couldn't stop I'm defiantly buying the next book right now... shamazing
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