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From the amazing imagination of Chris Wooding, a heartstopping mix of thriller and graphic novel - the sequel to MALICE.

Getting into the sinister comic-book world of MALICE is just the beginning. Getting out of it is much, much harder -- as it surviving while you make your attempt.

Part novel, part comic book, all thrill -- welcome to MALICE.

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From the amazing imagination of Chris Wooding, a heartstopping mix of thriller and graphic novel - the sequel to MALICE.

Getting into the sinister comic-book world of MALICE is just the beginning. Getting out of it is much, much harder -- as it surviving while you make your attempt.

Part novel, part comic book, all thrill -- welcome to MALICE.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Renee Farrah Vess
To many, Malice is just a comic book, just a story. But to those who look hard enough, the world full of machines and creatures is real. Children are lost to it, and those that escape can not remember it. But for Seth and Kady, the challenge is more than surviving the world of Malice, it is about changing it. They continue their plans to end Tall Jake's reign of terror, but they need to find the right people, and not get caught by the wrong ones. From inside Malice, Seth and Kady discover a lost city, hidden deities, and rally resistance groups. Seth's classmate Alicia is working in the real world to discover what she can about the production of the Malice comic book, and gets entangled deeper into the mysterious world than she thought possible. This sequel to Malice hits the ground running and never stops. Suspenseful, thrilling, and exhilarating, this is a must-read. Mostly novel, but part comic, the graphics are black and white and not as strong as in standalone comics. This is simply a great book to read for those who enjoy the thrill of the chase, rebellion, and a healthy dose of teamwork. Reviewer: Renee Farrah Vess
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—This much-anticipated sequel to the hybrid novel/comic Malice (Scholastic, 2009) jumps immediately into fast-paced action. Best friends Seth and Kady hadn't put much stock in the urban legend claiming kids who perform a certain ritual will be spirited away into the comic-book world of Malice, a dangerous place controlled by the villainous Tall Jake. But now Kady is trapped there, and Seth is the only one who can come to her aid—if he can find a way to get there. Through multiple points of view, Seth and his friends take readers through heart-pounding twists and turns as the adventures alternate between the steampunk setting of Malice and our world, where Tall Jake seeks to extend his reign. Reluctant readers will be drawn in by the simple writing style interspersed with pages of comic-book-style illustrations that propel the story forward. Characterization is a little thin, but that won't deter those who are hooked on the book's relentless action, mild horror, and inventive world-building. A satisfying conclusion to a compelling read.—Allison Tran, Mission Viejo Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews

This sequel to Malice (2009) draws the rival casts of evil monsters and teenage rebels into climactic battles both in this world and the parallel one behind the pages of a comic. As Seth makes his way back into Malice with the talismanic Shard and joins the effort to mount an attack on the dread Deadhouse, a new ally, Alicia, nervously tracks the House's sinister master Tall Jake to the decrepit English psychiatric hospital where Grendel—the mad, disturbed, misshapen graphic artist (and maybe god?) who has created both the comic and the world it depicts—is imprisoned. Like the opener, this features expertly meshed multiple plotlines, colorful supporting characters (notably a clockwork sabertooth and a Malice resident afflicted with "regenerative leprosy," meaning that he keeps losing body parts that then grow back), frequent eerie skitterings and sudden feelings of dread plus nonstop action that breaks, occasionally, from prose into graphic-novel–style panels festooned with noisy sound effects. A real crowd pleaser, with further episodes possible but not necessary. (Graphic hybrid/fantasy. 11-13)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545160452
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Malice Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 302,793
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: HL580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Wooding began writing at the age of 16, and his first novel Crashing was published when he was 19. Since that time, he's written dozens of novels in several genres, notably the award-winning The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray; Poison; Storm Thief; the Malice series; and the graphic novel, Pandemonium.
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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    Reviewed by Kira M for Teens Read Too

    After managing to escape Malice, an evil comic book run by Tall Jake, Seth has finally started to remember what happened. With a shard in his possession that is rumored to have the ability to bring down Tall Jake, the fight becomes a matter of life and death for not only himself, but anyone who comes in contact with him. Can Seth find a way back without Tall Jake destroying everything he holds dear? Seth's friend, Katie, is still stuck in Malice. After hooking up with Havoc, the rebellion trying to overthrow Tall Jake, Katie discovers she was the founder. When information reaches her regarding a Queen of Cats who might be able to help stop Tall Jake, she and a few friends set out to find the queen. With no memory of being in Malice before and the new leader trying to discredit Katie in any way possible, things have just gotten a lot more dangerous - and the friends may never reach their goal. Can Katie keep herself and Havoc safe while still overthrowing Tall Jake? Will she find the Queen of Cats? An interesting book filled with danger, havoc, and a mystery to solve. The characters are well-developed. The plot is intense and holds the reader's interest. Those who like fantasy, books by Orson Scott Card, mystery, horror, and adventure will all enjoy reading HAVOC after they've read MALICE.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

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    Great finale

    I really enjoyed the las book in the Malice series, but I felt a little bit disappointed in Seth, who turned out to be a selfish brat. It always bothered me the way he regarded his parents, and to leave them like that, without an explanation or a simple "farewell", brought the character down a couple of notches, it was all about him and his passion for being reckless and not "dull and boring like his parents". Perhaps Wooding will write another book in the series? He said in his site that he might...
    The book was fast paced and a great read just like Malice, Chris Wooding did a great job and left no lose ends.

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  • Posted October 3, 2010

    Highly Recomended, A absolute must read.

    I was waiting for this book to come out forever and was not dissapointed when it did. it lives up to the reputation Malice gave it. Full of adventure, susspense and enough description that you could feel yourself there in a second.

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