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The Doomspell Trilogy: The Doomspell: Book 1

Cliff McNish

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, Interest age: from c 9 years, Fiction, Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

The international bestselling debut novel from Cliff McNish - repackaged and reissued for a new generation of readers.

In a blaze of light, rush of wind and scrabble of claws, Rachel and Eric are ripped through a wall onto another world. Like thousands before them, they have been snatched by the Witch!

Rachel discovers that she has extraordinary gifts - magical gifts similar to the Witch's own. The Witch is excited to have found someone she thinks she can use for her own evil purposes. But, for the Witch's victims, Rachel is the only hope...

A great narrative drive, strong characters and emotions, a beautifully imagined world and delicious touches of magic and humour are hallmarks of Cliff's debut.

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Praise for The Doomspell Trilogy: The Doomspell: Book 1

  • High fantasy, richly imagined and refreshingly well-written - an excellent novel. - THE SUNDAY TIMES

  • Brilliant, breathless and filled with action from page one. - KIDS OUT

  • An incredible world in which the reader will become totally absorbed. - THE BOOKSELLER

  • Gripping, racy, children have been fighting to borrow it. - THE GUARDIAN

  • A vivid world of magical possibilities. - THE TIMES

  • thrilling and magical read - there is a real build up of suspense with plenty of twists and turns. It is full of brilliant descriptions of events, characters and places. - LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICE FOR SCHOOLS

  • Places him firmly among much more well-known names such as Philip Pullman and C.S.Lewis - Ithrea is a truly complete world, and the characters are beautifully conceived to obtain an emotional response from the reader. - BOOKMONSTER

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Cliff McNish

Cliff McNish was born in Sunderland, but has spent most of his life in the southeast of England. His first book was THE DOOMSPELL, inspired by a story he told his daughter. Since then he has published THE SILVER SEQUENCE and the acclaimed stand-alone supernatural thrillers, BREATHE (winner of the Salford and Calderdale book awards), ANGEL, SAVANNAH GREY and THE HUNTING GROUND, as well as 2014's GOING HOME.

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