Pandemonium (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Acclaimed author Chris Wooding's first graphic novel -- fun fantasy-adventure with a macabre twist!

Seifer's life is about to become a royal pain. . . . As captain of the local skullball team, Seifer Tombchewer is the envy of his peers. He's fast, he's strong, and he flies circles around the competition. But Seifer's always dreamed of more--of leaving his tiny, remote village for a new life beyond the mountains.

He just never dreamed it would ...

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Overview

Acclaimed author Chris Wooding's first graphic novel -- fun fantasy-adventure with a macabre twist!

Seifer's life is about to become a royal pain. . . . As captain of the local skullball team, Seifer Tombchewer is the envy of his peers. He's fast, he's strong, and he flies circles around the competition. But Seifer's always dreamed of more--of leaving his tiny, remote village for a new life beyond the mountains.

He just never dreamed it would happen like this. Knocked unconscious and abducted, Seifer awakens in the royal palace to learn that Prince Talon Pandemonium has gone missing. And since Seifer is a ringer for Talon, it's his duty to replace the missing royal in his roles of diplomat, warrior, and Lord Defender of the Realm.

He might fool Talon's sisters. He might fool Talon's army. But Seifer has little hope of fooling Talon's enemies. . . .

Chris Wooding and debut artist Cassandra Diaz team for a classic tale of mistaken identity set against the breathtakingly original backdrop of the Darkling Realm.

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A supposed village lad kidnapped to stand in for the vanished prince he resembles rises to the challenge. More or less. Set in a Darkling Realm of horned, bat-winged people, the tale takes young Seifer Tombchewer (his name inherited from an ancestor who went bonkers after eating "something poisonous that fell asleep in his porridge") to the royal palace of Pandemonium, where he's given the choice of temporarily masquerading as Prince Talon or being fed to "psycho carnage beasts." Making the reasonable choice entails learning how to behave like an arrogant, selfish twit--as well as being mauled by "his" gigantic pet cat, surviving assassination attempts, outbelching the chieftain of a neighboring warrior clan and defeating an invading army. Fortunately, he does have allies, including his royal "sister" Princess Hypoxia and magic-wielding girlfriend-to-be Lady Carcassa, daughter of gambling addict Baron Canasta Malefica. Interspersing outsized GRNARGH! BLORP! SOOG! YAAAAAA! sound effects with scenes featuring sharp-featured, elegantly slender figures, debut illustrator Diaz crafts panels of Japanese comics–style art for Wooding's somewhat less-than-earnest adventure story. The real prince's continued absence, a hint of secrets in Seifer's own past and the sudden arrival of "his" fiancée Lady Asphyxia point to sequels. An action-packed, tongue-in-cheek romp fitted out with snarky dialogue, heroic fantasy tropes aplenty and a notably resilient protagonist. (Graphic novel. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606239462
  • Publisher: Sanval, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

For the young, impressively prolific author Chris Wooding, writing has always been of interest. Wooding was born in 1977 in Leicester, an ex-mining town in England. To escape from a relatively monotonous environment during his youth, he became an avid reader of fantasy, sci-fi, and horror stories by such authors as C.S. Lewis, Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card. His familiarity with these genres has helped shape his own style and preference for writing.

Wooding began writing at the age of 16, and his first novel Crashing was published when he was 19. He spent his next few years writing extensively while studying English Literature at the University of Sheffield. His works from this period include a wide range of styles from fantasy to political works to teenage stories.

The 27-year-old author has now completed 17 books and many short stories. In 2004, Scholastic published his critically acclaimed novel, The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, a horror story set in Victorian England and originally published in England. Wooding received several awards for this novel including the Silver Award and was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal. In addition, Wooding is developing a script for the screen adaptation of The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray.

In his free time, Wooding likes to participate in backpacking, touring with his band, and listening to ska music. He has traveled extensively to places such as America, Southeast Asia, and Germany. Currently, Wooding resides in London.

Cassandra Diaz is a recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She lives in Houston, Texas. Pandemonium is her first published work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    This  book is amazing i love that there is a love triangle and t

    This  book is amazing i love that there is a love triangle and the struggles hes having getting through being someone he is not. And i have a feeling that the prince and seifer dont look alike out of pure coincidence. Theres someyhing hes not being told about his life and i cant wait till the next book comes out now that the princes fiance is back

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2013

    AWESOME!!

    This book is HILARIOUS!!! ITS THE PERFECT BOOK FOR ME AND I CAN'T WAIT FOR BOOK 2!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Amazing, I hope there is a sequel.

    I really do

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