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Marcus Sedgwick's tale of Venice and vampires is a captivating companion volume to the bestselling My Swordhand is Singing.
Marko and Sorrel meet in Venice for the first time. They must uncover the mystery of what has happened both to Sorrel's father, plagued by a strange madness that prevents him from sleeping, and to Marko's father, a doctor, who has mysteriously gone missing after travelling to Venice to help his old friend.
Years on from My Swordhand is Singing and Peter is still on the trail of the Shadow Queen. His search leads him to Venice, a city whose beauty disguises many ugly secrets. The Shadow Queen is there, gathering strength, recruiting a new army of the Undead for a final confrontation.
This fabled city with its lapping waterways, its crumbling magnificence, dark, twisting alleyways and surprising piazzas is the perfect setting for Marcus's captivating gothic novel of love and loss in C18th Venice.
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With his formidable skill, Marcus Sedgwick renders Venice the most perfect backdrop for this intensely gripping vampire action (THE BOOKSELLER)
Vampires never go out of fashion ... a class act. (Mary Hoffman, THE GUARDIAN)
A tremendously atmospheric novel of great sophistication ... Vampires are hot property in children's books at the moment, but you're unlikely to find classier treatment. (Jill Murphy, THE BOOK BAG)
You have to expect a bit of schlock in a Gothic novel, and Sedgwick doesn't disappoint: there's plenty of gore and some genuinely scary moments...he is superb, as in the earlier book about the undead, at creating atmosphere. (Mary Hoffman THE GUARDIAN)
What makes Sedgwick such an interesting author is not just his imagination, which has a consistently unpredictable and original cast to it, but his voice. (Amanda Craig THE TIMES)
It took me a couple of goes to really fall for Sedgwick's first vampire novel, My Swordhand is Singing, but it turned out to be brilliant. If you haven't read it, do, because The Kiss of Death is an equally gripping sequel. (Amanda Craig THE TIMES)
A heart stopping and beautiful novel...Sedgwick is at his beguiling best in this novel and it's almost certainly heading for all the major book award shortlists (LOVE READING.COM)
Concise and elegant, creepy and tense...All junior fans of horror should read [The Kiss of Death] (THE BOOKBAG)
The author's beautifully crafted descriptions bring to life real scenes of 18th Century Venice while weaving a gothic tale that send shivers down the readers spine (WRITING MAGAZINE)
'his spine-tingling sequel to My Swordhand is Singing'. (Amanda Craig THE TIMES Christmas Books 2008)
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Book Description Orion, 2008. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Brand new copy of the Gothic love story set in 18th century Venice. Seller Inventory # 029170
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # M-184255185X