The Parliament of Blood [NOOK Book]

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George Archer, Liz Oldfield and Eddie Hopkins have survived some rather frightening events in their lives, but things are about to get much scarier. They discover that vampires do exist, are intent on taking over London and ending the human race. Together with Sir William Protheroe, they must research ancient Egyptian mummies, a secret underground London gentlemen's club, and a well-known theatre actor to try and stop the vampires from overthrowing Parliament and taking over the...

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Overview

George Archer, Liz Oldfield and Eddie Hopkins have survived some rather frightening events in their lives, but things are about to get much scarier. They discover that vampires do exist, are intent on taking over London and ending the human race. Together with Sir William Protheroe, they must research ancient Egyptian mummies, a secret underground London gentlemen's club, and a well-known theatre actor to try and stop the vampires from overthrowing Parliament and taking over the world.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Susan Hampe
Richards brings back George Archer, Liz Oldfield, and Eddie Hopkins from his novel The Death Collector (Bloomsbury, 2007/VOYA August 2006) for another adventure through Victorian London. This time, they are pitted against fearsome vampires in a race to save England from the undead clutches of the creatures of the night. After a strange event at a mummy unwrapping, the trio uncovers a coven of vampires whose evil aim is to revive their weakened and recently freed Dark Lord so they can take control of Parliament and then the world. With the help of Sir William, they must unearth the clues in a race against time to learn the vampires' weakness, thwart their deadly plot, and save the world. The book's plot is a bit slow in the beginning. As Richards tells the tale through the eyes of various characters, he frequently cuts back and forth from scene to scene, giving the book a choppy feel and making it difficult to follow the action and get into the book. One of the high points of the novel is that it is able to stand alone. One need not have read Richards's first book in the series to pick up the sequel, but fans of the first book will probably like this one as well. Reviewer: Susan Hampe
Children's Literature - Amalia Selle
The year is 1886 and a mummy from the British Museum's Department of Unclassified Artifacts has been unwrapped in a public ceremony. The problem is that soon after being unwrapped the mummy comes alive and staggers out the door. The event is dismissed as a poor joke. However, when the photographs taken of the mummy are developed only to reveal an empty sarcophagus, the young George Archer along with his friends Liz Oldfield, daughter of a dignified reverend, and Eddie Hopkins, one-time pick-pocket, start to investigate the mysterious events occurring around London. As the ominous happenings increase in frequency, the trio discovers the unpleasant fact that vampires do exist. The vampires, fed up with years of hiding and blending in, have determined to take over the human world—starting with the Houses of Parliament. While predicable at some points, the overall plot contains enough twists and turns to maintain reader attention. The fast-paced plot and setting mixing historical personages and details with the fictional folklore of vampires guarantees to entertain readers who enjoy a blood-tingling thriller as well as those who love the good old detective adventure story. Reviewer: Amalia Selle
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

A sometimes campy and often gory tale of horror, set in Victorian England. Vampires have taken over many positions of power and have created their own parliament in the guise of a secret society called The Damnation Club. The time has come to wake the half of their population who lie dormant underground along with their leader, the Lord of the Undead, and take over the world. The only hope resides with the four people who face death (or undeath) at every turn. The story switches back and forth among the characters in different parts of London, making it a bit hard to follow, but alternating narratives keep the pace and suspense lively. A great many vampire myths and legends are addressed, which sometimes overwhelms the plot, but lovers of vampire lore will be enthralled. Richards walks a fine line between the horrific and the absurd, but this macabre tale will win students who clamor for all things vampire.-Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO

Kirkus Reviews
Victorian London's taste for ancient Egyptian artifacts might lead to the destruction of humanity when the British Museum inadvertently frees an ancient vampire master. Assistant museum curator George, aspiring actress Liz and thieving urchin Eddie are back for another round of fighting mystical evil (The Death Collector, 2006). It seems like half of London is pasty-pale and avoiding cameras, and our heroes are sure a tragedy is on the verge of befalling the city. But meanwhile, life goes on: Liz has been given the chance of a lifetime to replace an actress who's ill with a strange wasting disease, and George has been invited to join the elite Damnation Club. This Gothic adventure is both marred and blessed by all of the excesses of the classic Dracula-esque tale. Complete with clouds of vampire bats, mesmerized orphans and a massive underground pipeworks filled with blood, this fast-paced adventure makes for a delightfully gruesome alternative to Twilight. (Fantasy. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599908830
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 852,198
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Justin Richards has written dozens of novels, as well as audio and television scripts. He now writes and edits full time and is a Creative Consultant to BBC Worldwide's range of Doctor Who novels and non-fiction books. Justin's first foray into children's books culminated in the successful middle-grade Invisible Detective series (Putnam).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Good book great to read

    Good book keeps you up when you read it you cant stop it is such a pageturner

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

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    Great Book!

    Horrified, frightened, and worried. These are what Eddie, Sir William, and George were feeling when they were being tracked down by the Lord of the Undead's Coachman. The Parliament of Blood by Justin Richards is stuffed with lots of action. In The Parliament of Blood, the main characters; Eddie, George, and Sir William are running away from the evil Lord of the Undead, (otherwise known as Orabis) and his evil army of Undead people. This army includes lots of people and even includes some of the main characters friends. Throughout this story, good people, and sometimes friends of the main characters, get captured by Orabis and get turned over to their army.
    This is the perfect book for people who love non-stop adventure and suspense at the end of all the chapters. This is also the perfect book for people who like cliff hangers. Justin Richards writes this book in a way that will make your eyes glued to the pages. The Parliament of Blood was a fantastic book with lots of epic, exciting, and energetic.

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