In 1900 Sarah Trevelyan is drawn into a bizarre bargain: the price is her soul. 100 years later, Tom finds himself embroiled in her deadly deal ... An intriguing reworking of the Faust story.
It is 1900, and Sarah Trevelyan, a pupil-teacher, is desperate to reclaim her family home, Darkwater Hall. Lost by her grandfather in a gambling wager, its present owner, John Azrael, is a mysterious man who draws her into a bizarre bargain ... the fulfilment of her dreams ... if she will only give up her soul.
In 2000, Darkwater Hall is a private school for boys. Tom Hughes longs for the education found within its walls, but instead goes to the local school and has trouble with unpleasant bullies. His twin brother, Simon, who died at birth, is his constant companion, unseen or heard by anyone else. When Tom meets the strange girl Sarah, and a new teacher, Azrael, he finds himself embroiled in their deadly deal ...
A gripping story that'll keep you guessing! - SHOUT, 9th February 2001
... creates a thrilling, chilling world of magic and menace - MAIL ON SUNDAY
Catherine Fisher has an outstanding capacity for the spinning and weaving of the slenderest threads into a stout and flawless tapestry. - JUNIOR BOOKSHELF
Another novel from a seriously good author who always writes convincing fantasy without any of the accompanying overblown rhetoric ... makes for some nail-biting reading. - INDEPENDENT 24th February - 2nd March 2001
Catherine Fisher has an extraordinary imagination, always coming up with some new twist that is both weird yet utterly convincing. - Nicholas Tucker, Rough Guide to Children's Books
Catherine Fisher is an award-winning fantasy writer. The Oracle was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award 2003, The Conjuror's Game for the Smarties Award, The Snow-Walker's Son for the W.H. Smith Mind Boggling Award, The Candle Man won the Tir-Na-n'Og Award, and Corbenic was shortlisted. Author of many books for children and two volumes of award-winning poetry, she is particularly well-known in Wales.