Book and a Pint: Sedgwick is renowned for the dark-themes that he incorporates into h Then there’s this song that all the characters are always singing. I think a good comparison to this novella would be as the young adult version of Angela Carter’s excellent feminist A delightful little novella that calls to mind earlier, darker Grimm’s fairy tales before they were sanitized for children’s consumption. He and his father travel from place to place, living a nomadic life. Whenever I read a vampire book, I am suspicious. The Immortal Rules Julie Kagawa 8.

If your answer to the last question is yes, then this book is for you. Edit July 28, My Swordhand Is Singing. And what could possibly be more awesome than zombie-esque vampires? I have to say I was disappointed, though, by the way things wrapped up. Refresh and try again. They have been working in Chust for over a year when things start to happen.

There, deaths start to happen and there are rumours telling the dead are coming back from the grave. Both books in this series are good old Gothic horror plt of creepy things that go bump in the night. A wonderfully written fast-paced novel. My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sed Some of the mythos he incorporates in his own tale are “new”or “”newish”to me but they just make his own tale more compelling and the atmosphere more creepy.

To wit, this quaint little shop was adorned in all things Twilight, from life-sized cardboard cutouts of the various characters to t-shirts and other teen-vampire baubles. Sedwick was going somewhere with this world of his.

Reading groups in schools and libraries then narrow this to a shortlist of six. Sep 27, apple rated it liked it Shelves: Sedgwick takes old legends, myths and period of times and twists them into a dark interesting, horror story.

I didn’t like how androcentric the book was, and the way the female characters were used in the plot a couple of them were used essentially to show that Peter was heterosexual, rather than being well-rounded and complex like Peter and Tomas and the rest were all either stupid or evil.

Our hero, Peter, has been taught all his life by his father not to believe in peasant superstitions, so at first he cannot accept the strange events that begin to happen around him. Jul 01, Louise rated it liked it Shelves: Yep, there’s the song. Strange and menacing things are happening in Chust.


The Little Ewe is an old Romanian pastoral ballad and is considered to be one of the most important pieces of Romanian folklore.

Tomas and Peter are humble woodcutters, burying themselves in the woodlands outside of Chust, a small town hemmed in by the darkness of the great forest. But no one will acknowledge it as a terrible magic until the coming of the gypsies.

Feel free to ask in the comments! The concluding chapters answered all singong burning questions and bid farewell to the legendary Tomas. Do you have any recommendations for scary “folktale-like” books?

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Glad you did, too! Tomas and his teenage son, Peter, are a pair of traveling woodcutters with a mysterious past that settle down in the village of Chust one winter. I don’t know if that is just because I’m spooked easily but it is probably down to my over active imagination summsry gets lost in the believable worlds created by Sedgwick. I’m not really into vampire stories these days, so it was with trepidation that I began to read this book.

Jan 11, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: Sworchand grow less smart from the book. But all hell is about to break loose.

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She is to then tell the rest of his sheep that he had married a princess during a ceremony attended by the elements of nature, and marked by the falling of a star.

So our hero starts singing to himself one day, and wouldn’t you know summayr, he’s singing that song. Outpost by Ann Aguirre Book Review: This is a vampire story that deals more with their origins rather than the typical soft-brush that they tend to be painted with these summay. Jul 28, Ali rated it did not like it.

Here, Peter tries to forge relationships with the guarded locals, but all is not as it seems as the nights are plagued by vampires. There is a land beyond the forests. Want to Read saving…. This was one novel, which was quite short, and in fact almost too short and simple.


There weren’t any nightmares. Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent, England. Peter and his father, who drinks too much, have found themselves something of a home as woodcutters for a village, though they choose to live on its outskirts and associate with the villagers as little as possible. There isn’t a trace of the self-indulgence or campness found in most horror novels. The book’s dark and brooding pace suits the story’s mood. I cannot say this is the creepiest book I’ve read in my life, but I admit it gave me many chills up my spine.

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My Swordhand is Singing 2 books. Modern vampire books tend to romanticize them – to portray vampires as gentle creatures. This review is copy-paste from the Charybdis. They now live in a village called Chust, after living a nomadic lifestyle, never being welcome wherever they choose to stay.

Anonymous October 22, at 1: I guess I am a bit too late in reading this for your intended purpose of reading it on Halloween, but I am pleased that you at least thought it was scary!

I have become a bit cynical lately concerning summarg vampire story. I think I might be a really big wimp so I’m totally skipping this because I get spooked with just about everything – Except for “IT” Summaty watched that about times so no longer spooky. Each year, a longlist of twenty-four children’s books is drawn up from nominations by secondary-school pupils, school and library staff, and publishers.

Reading it in the cold of winter helped set the scene. After being on the run for two years Rose and Lissa have been found and swordhadn dragged literally back into the iron sinhing of St Si Academy. Marcus draws on his extensive research of the vampire legend and sets his story in the forbidding and remote landscapes of the 17th century. Marcus is a British author and illustrator as well as a musician.