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Shadowmancer (Special Edition)

G. P. Taylor

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ISBN 10: 0571221998 / ISBN 13: 9780571221998
Published by Faber & Faber, London, 2003
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Unread Pristine book in Excellent Dust Jacket that is in a mylar protective cover. This is a "Special Edition" hard cover and so stated on the DJ. This item shipped securely cushioned and in a sturdy box. A hard to find issue opened only for the author to sign. This "Special Edition" contains a previously unpublished final chapter , AND a new foreword. A full number line on publisher's page for 1st printing. Wonderful Collector's Copy. Bookseller Inventory # 001794

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Title: Shadowmancer (Special Edition)

Publisher: Faber & Faber, London

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

A special edition of the children's bestseller, in which sorcerer Obadiah Demurral seeks to control the highest power in the universe. Raphael, Kate, Thomas - and the mysterious Jacob Crane, are out to stop him. Features new material, an extra chapter and facts about the book's location.

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An apocalyptic battle between good and evil is vigorously, violently fought in British author G.P. Taylor's suspenseful, action-packed fantasy. The story, set in the 1700s on the Yorkshire coastline, revolves around Vicar Obadiah Demurral, a corrupt-but-inept, dead-conjuring "shadowmancer" who desires to control the universe by overthrowing God, or Riathamus. When two hard-luck near-orphans, (13-year-old Thomas Barrick, a bitter enemy of Demurral, and his troubled friend Kate Coglund) band together with a young African stranger named Raphah, they spend the rest of the book trying to stop the wicked Vicar as if their very souls are at stake...they are. Along the way, the three youths meet an enormous cast of friends and foes, some agents of Riathamus, others of Satan (Pyratheon), and some godless (but not for long) smugglers like Jacob Crane.

Readers who love fanciful storybook characters will find mermaidlike Seloth, smelly hobs, leg-dragging servants, goodhearted whores, and benevolent boggles. Age-old superstitions abound, though old magic and witchcraft are clearly denounced here as the work of the devil. Indeed, the author, an English vicar himself, tells a very Christian story and his often deliciously dramatic adventure lapses into stiffly presented glowing-halo Touched by an Angel moments(readers will be lured into the Enchanted Forest, but tricked into Sunday school). Nonetheless, Shadowmancer, the first of a series, is a pageturner bursting with magic and myth, and will appeal to fantasy lovers who don't mind the Bible mixed in with their boggles. (Ages 11 and older) --Karin Snelson

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