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Twilight Robbery Hardcover – Unabridged, 4 Mar 2011

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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unabridged edition (4 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405055391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405055390
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Twilight Robbery is a linguistic delight, phrased with precision and a strong and finely tuned wit.' --The Guardian

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The city at night is a dangerous place . . .

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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Mar. 2011
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Oh My! I can be such a dunderhead at times. I really can!
Not for the first time have I found myself reading a sequel
to a book I had no idea existed. 'Twilight Robbery', a
substantial tome by one Frances Hardinge (If such she really be!)
is a sequel to another novel entitled 'Fly By Night', which I
am now bound to rush out and purchase to catch-up with that which
I had already unwittingly missed. If you see what I mean!

'Twilight Robbery' is a terrific read! The characters, particularly
that of the ragged heroine Mosca Mye, virtually jump out of the
pages fully formed of blood and hair and bone, such is the wonderfully
vivid quality of Ms Hardinge's language. Reading it out loud to the
cubs (Scatty and Gritz) I kept having to stop to savour a line here
or a phrase there and to repeat it so I could hear the words ring out
again in the night air. This is a story to experience by candlelight,
with a fire glowing in the hearth and a full moon peeping through
the windowpane. There is more than a little magic at work between
these pages! It is a big book but the labyrinthine plot never wavers.

The narrative is populated by some distinctly colourful and unsavoury
denizens, not least among them Ms Mye's friend, the scoundrel,
Eponymous Clent (Ms Hardinge certainly has a way with names!) and
a savage whirlwind of a goose named Saracen. Their adventures in the
town of Toll, where all is not well by a long chalk, keeps us absorbed
until the final page and the emotion it generates lingers for a long
time afterwards. Mosca Mye, despite her flaws, is a hugely sensitive
and strong moral being. It is impossible not to be on her side!

'Twilight Robbery' is an enchanting, whimsical, absorbing and
unputdownable novel. Read it if only for the wonder of the words!

Highly Recommended.
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By Book Gannet TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2010
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Mosca Mye is back, with her warlike goose, Saracen, and still in the dubious company of the word-spinning, truth-twisting Eponymous Clent. After their revolutionary adventures in Mandelion, life's difficulties are catching up to them, but in order to escape across the river, where their names will not be known, they must first travel through Toll, an unassuming town in control of a vital bridge.

While Mosca and Clent worry about paying to enter the place, little do they realise their troubles are only just beginning. A town divided, there are deadly secrets in Toll, and not all wait to come out at night.

Filled with the rich details, absurd situations and dastardly plots that made Fly By Night such an excellent read, Twilight Robbery takes no prisoners as it romps along at top speed. It's faster, even more descriptive and less reliant on happenstance than the first book. Mosca is as angry as ever, filled with all sorts of cunning, yet not without compassion or reason. Clent too is much the same, yet curiously reluctant to lose his young friend's company. Surprising as the things these two achieve, the biggest surprise is that they don't do even more!

I love this world, with its numerous little gods - Goodmen and Goodladies - and the naming traditions, which are so vitally important in bonkers Toll. Then there are the Guilds, especially the powerful and creepy Locksmiths. But it's the city of Toll itself which best shows Hardinge's imagination, where the people aren't only separated by the light of night and day.
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BASIC PLOT WITHOUT GIVING AWAY TOO MUCH: This is a sequel to 'Fly By Night' and begins several months after Mosca and Eponymous have left Mandelion, the rebel city. Eponymous is in debtors' prison, so Mosca is forced to try to earn some money by selling her reading skills to the generally illiterate populace. This leads to her unwilling involvement in a terrifying pawnbroker's guild auction, and her capture by a murderous conspirator. Upon escaping, she rescues Eponymous with her usual style and together they find themselves in an enclosed city built over a dangerous and strategically-important river, in which people are classified according to the Beloved day they happen to have been born on. They soon find themselves heavily involved in a kidnapping plot, facing threats from all quarters, not least the sinister Locksmiths Guild...

This was as fab as 'Fly By Night' - in fact, the writing felt more experienced and mature. The story, as ever with Hardinge, is brilliantly imaginative - she has spun an entirely new web of delight which takes us down new paths rather than rehashing the plot from the earlier book as so many sequels tend to do. The characters are distinctive, authentic and developed, the dialogue sparkles, the pacing is superb. There is humour, unexpected events, pathos, courage, some welcome meetings with old characters and many new and wonderful ones.

Highly recommended - BUT READ 'FLY BY NIGHT' FIRST!
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One paragraph into this book, I was in love. And five pages into this book, I was sighing, and thinking 'Oh dear, I'm going to have to pop back onto Amazon and buy everything Francis Hardinge has ever written now, aren't I...'

Hardinge has not only given us a bustling, fascinating world full of adventure, brimming with life and imagination from every corner (lovers of JK Rowling's living, breathing universe will be at home here!), she has developed delightful characters you will love at first sight, and a story which keeps unfolding like some kind of magician's trick, long after she has used up more plot than surely she is entitled to! Hardinge takes such joy in language that every description, every metaphor, is a pleasure to read and re-read. Twilight Robbery is not only fast-paced, thrilling, and colourful, but most importantly crammed with story, from start to finish. The narrow-eyed street urchin Mosca Mye, whose irritable temper, grim wit and slightly grubby appearance hide a heart of gold, travels with the effete, good-humoured, pudgy poet Eponymous Clent (possibly the best name for a fictional charavter EVER) and an inexplicably angry goose as they find themselves trapped in the town of Toll...where mysterious things happen at night that no-one wants to talk about. Soon enough our trio is embroiled in a kidnapping scheme, and its up to Mosca, Clent and Saracen (the aforementioned rabid pet goose) to save the helpless damsel-in-distress Beamabeth Marlebourne before the day breaks...if Mosca can get over her simmering dislike of Beamabeth first.

Hardinge's fun, beautifully-written world easily compares to Diana Wynne Jones and Jonathon Stroud, and in Twilight Robbery I've found not only a host of new characters to adore, but a new author whose future works I look forward to devouring. A final note - athough categorised under Children's Books this is one of the rare gems where the humour and language mean it can be read at any age and appreciated.
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