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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; New edition edition (3 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571221505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571221509
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,117,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The biggest event in children's fiction since Harry Potter.' The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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G. P. Taylor is the author of several best-selling novels, including Shadowmancer, Shadowmancer: The Curse of Salamander Street, Wormwood and Tersias, as well as the Mariah Mundi trilogy. A former vicar of Cloughton in Yorkshire, he has enjoyed a varied career, moving from rock music to social work to ten years in the police force before his ordination. He now lives with his family in Scarborough.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Child on 26 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
After reading Taylor's enthralling first novel, Shadowmancer, I picked Wormwood up with great expectation. As a work of imagination, this book is tremendous, however, this is not enough. The portrayal of those ideas and the characters within them is confusing to the point of being downright bewildering at times. Scenes change rapidly, and it is an effort to remember what was happening to each of the main characters the last time you met them. The story dosen't flow terribly well, and skim reading it is possibly the best way to get through it. This is the kind of book I could easily lose interest in very quickly. It looks like the end has been left open for a sequel- if so, I hope GP Taylor will recapture some of the magic of Shadowmancer that got omitted in Wormwood.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kim Dyer on 24 May 2014
Format: Paperback
I was pleasantly surprised to find that 'Wormwood' was far more enjoyable than 'Shadowmancer'. However, most things in life are better than 'Shadowmancer' and so that's really not much of an endorsement.

While I liked the general idea of the plot, I felt that Taylor did not use it to its full effect. The slow descent of the comet, gradually causing London to fall to chaos, could have made for a dramatic and suspenseful story. However, Taylor seemed to largely forget about this until the climax and instead pursued numerous sub-plots which went nowhere - often petering out without resolution and never doing anything to explain the gaping holes in the main plot. The ending is also very abrupt, the entire climax taking less that twenty pages and leaving many loose ends hanging.

Although less out-and-out preachy than 'Shadowmancer', the novel also had a heavy message that both science and the Kabbalah are evil, and that the ongoing search that mankind has for knowledge/power is gradually damning us all. While this did not irritate me nearly as much as Raphah's pagan bashing in the previous novel, it also did not make me warm to the novel. I don't really enjoy books that try to make me feel bad about reading them.

Finally, the characters in this book are exceptionally dislikable. None of the cast - angels included - were altruistic in any way, instead going out of their way to either hurt others or further their own selfish ends. I could not get behind any of these characters at all and found myself not caring if they lived or died.

In short, this was not the book for me at all. I can see little appeal in it and certainly won't be recommending it to anyone.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Paul Lemon on 14 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
After his stunning debut novel Shadowmancer, G. P. Taylor has served up a real disaster. I am nearly three quarters of the way through it and I am overwhelmed by the sheer volume of ideas, plots and creatures without any idea who are the good guys or the bad guys or what on earth the plotline is, except for a string of set piece events. Any of which shows a brilliant imagination at work, but the whole effect is diluted by piling one scene after another.
I am now jump-reading the pages, scanning each one for some hint of a resolution. A bad sign which usually culminates in me throwing books aside without finishing them. This is a real shame as I will now hesitate before buying future books from Mr Taylor. 5 stars to Shadowmancer, one for this. A major dissapointment.
Still its good news for Amazon as I now need to buy more (hopefully) good books to get the bad taste of this one out of my system.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 3 April 2008
Format: Paperback
This has to be one of the BEST books I have ever read!! From the beginning, this was immediately exciting.

Somehow the settings appear in the mind like those of a '3D' backdrop - not unlike those experienced when playing a video game, or reading story book adventure - unreal and sublime. The streets and buildings are atmospheric, and they capture both the reader's interest and imagination instantly. Full of atmosphere with good and detailed descriptive prose - tremendously flowing with intricate detail, that is yet so easy to follow and understand.

One of the most exciting parts for me being when Agetta is climbing the stairs to the attic to meet whom she finds to be a fallen angel called 'Tegatus'. It's almost as if one is climbing the stairs right beside her!

I was constantly transported when reading this novel, and each time I broke off and came back, I would be disappointed at finding myself back in my own home! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it will take a long time to forget it!

Definitely a MASTERPIECE!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Sept. 2004
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The atmosphere is great, but the characters that come and go in bewildering profusion and mostly wooden and all nasty. The dialogue was cringeworthy and got worse towards the end. Blake's relationship with his 'friend' Bonham varies from chapter to chapter all declared in unbelievable statement like sentences. Again the atmosphere is good, the imagination of the author is immense, but the characterisation, plotting and general writing are poor.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Howard on 13 May 2006
Format: Paperback
In defence of Wormwood, i would say it has been slated here on amazon, purely becuase readers were expecting the simplicity associated with childrens literature. Woomwood is complex, both in style, plot and character. True, sometimes confusing if your not paying absolute attention, but is that a bad thing? Most of the brilliant literature in this world doesnt wash over you. Wormwood gives insight into complex Christian issues, fantasy, and is dark, its historical context fits like a glove, and if you have to think about it abit to enjoy it then i say do it! Just becuase the book has complexities that clash with typical teen books doesnt mean its drivil. For a start off how condecending is that for teen readers? Woomwood tries to mirror the classic literature that everyone remembers, it has all the darkness of the classics, and is refreshing in comparison to the modern best sellers on the market - becuase it does challenge a reader - and isnt pulp fiction. All GP Taylors books do this. I should encourage children to read this, it sets the bar for what well respected childrens literature is. It is a completely different type of book to Harry Potter and Phillip Pullman, and shouldnt be compared so generally. They all have different aims, so why compare them?

Characters were developed well, and structurally it was sound, the plot was engaging and it presents children with a challenge, it brushes on some complex theology, and would be highly interesting for a young audience, its full of adventure and mystery. The kind of things i looked for in books when i was younger, and still do. Wormwood is a winner, as are Tersias and Shadowmancer, i would recommend them to you or your kids. Its fresh perspective, and content are completely enthralling.
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