IN THE DEAD of night, a cloaked figure drags a heavy box through snowcovered streets. The chest can only be opened when the fangs of its serpent’s-head clasp taste blood.Centuries later, in an Oxford library, a boy touches a strange book and feels something pierce his finger. The volume is... show more
IN THE DEAD of night, a cloaked figure drags a heavy box through snowcovered streets. The chest can only be opened when the fangs of its serpent’s-head clasp taste blood.Centuries later, in an Oxford library, a boy touches a strange book and feels something pierce his finger. The volume is wordless, but fine veins run through its pages, and they seem to quiver, as if alive. Words begin to appear in the book—words only the boy can see.
Publish date: August 12th 2008
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
I think I bought this off a bargain book table sometime around 2007. I’d never heard of it or the author before or since. I’d say it’s more Middle Grade than YA, though it’s a bit slow and uneventful for a MG audience. Blake, the main character, is bland and not at all memorable. His little sister, ...
It's an interesting read but somehow it just isn't enough, it could be a great book but it ends up only being a good book. The best part of the story is the typography and the way the older story in Mainz and the newer story in Oxford is treated. Readable but nothing great, unfortunately. I would...
I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I was younger. Alas, I can not accommodate. Fun children's book about a brother and sister who find a mysterious, magical book in one of the Oxford libraries. This book jumps back and forth between modern day and 1400s Germany, during the life of Johann...
I love the incorporation of history into the book, from the printing press in Germany to Faust, but the story dragged for me. I felt the pace was a bit slow and it would get bogged down by unnecessary details.Admittedly, I was in the mood for a quick, easy read, which this was not, which is why at t...