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Chris Wooding Poison
273 pp. Orchard/Scholastic 9/05 ISBN 0-439-75570-0 $16.99 g
(Middle School, High School)
Wooding's first novel, The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray (rev. 11/04), was electrifying and deeply atmospheric; his second is even more so. When the self-named Poison's little sister is stolen by a ghoulish monster called the Scarecrow, she sets out to confront the Phaerie Lord to demand her sister's return. On her way she encounters the dangerous rotting man, Lamprey; the terrifying and cannibalistic Bone Witch, who guards the entrance to the fairy realm; and other antagonists including the malevolent part-spider, part-woman Lady Asinastra and the devious Scriddle. Such charismatic and well-imagined foes might have upstaged a lesser hero, but Poison's force of character -- courageous, self-reliant to the point of loneliness, and stubborn -- keeps her in the foreground and makes her ingenious ploys seem entirely credible. A plot thread in which Poison discovers that they are all only characters in a story bogs down in metafiction for a while, but Wooding pulls out of it and redeems the conceit by the end. In a novel almost unparalleled for density and invention, each scene of danger sings with tension. Lovers of adventure, horror, and suspense should keep an eye on this talented author. ANITA L. BURKAM
WOODING, Chris. Poison. 273p. Scholastic/Orchard. Sept. 2005. Tr $16.99. ISBN 0-439-75570-0. LC number unavailable.
Gr 7-10Pale and thin, with long black hair and violet eyes, the sullen, moody girl named Poison is an appropriate heroine for this over-the-top gothic horror fantasy. The 16-year-old has never been out of the Black Marshes, one of the remote backwaters settled by humans in a Realm ruled by phaeries and inhabited by a cast of foul creatures that includes trolls, daemons, and a particularly nasty Spider Woman. When her baby sister is kidnapped and a changeling is left in her crib, Poison sets off for the Realm of Phaerie to rescue her. Her old friend and confidant, the elderly Fleet, who is acquainted with the world outside the Marshes, equips her with directions and money. But her greatest asset is her knowledge of old stories from the books in his library, for her quest leads her into adventures that seem to repeat familiar fairy tales. By the time she confronts Alethar, Lord of Phaerie, Poison has picked up an appealing cast of sidekicks who lighten the relentlessly horrific situations. As thunder and lightning crash, and rain pours down, the plot twists and turns toward an ending that may not surprise careful readers. Suffice to say that Poison is definitely the hero of her own story. Her destiny serve
Posted July 18, 2014
I picked up this book at a book fair in 9th grade because the cover (the physical book cover is different than the Nook Book cover) looked cool and interesting and I liked the color purple. I turned it over to read the back and was even more interested. So I bought it for the $8.99 or so that it was marked as forthe fair and I began to read the story. I instantly fell in love with Chris Wooding's ability to paint a vivid picture of everything around his characters just by using words and describing every detail. Not only did I fall in love with his attention to detail, I became attatched to Poison and her companions she meets on her jouney. Later at the age of 23, I decided to pick up this book and take the adventure all over again. I could read this a thousand times and still be captivated by Chris Wooding's artistry with his words.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Best pharie-tale since Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen
I first bought this book as part of a variety set from my elementary school book fair in the 4th grade and when I started to read I immediately put it down, bored. In the 6th grade I found myself browsing my shelves and saw it tucked away, entirely forgotten, so I decided to give it a second chance. Best decision of my life (as far as books go). I can no longer count how many times I have re-read this marvelously underrated book. It's not particularly lengthy or challenging to read with regard to language, but the plot is so captivating and the characters so interesting/dynamic, you'll find you can't put it down once you start.
The story follows a girl named Poison who finds herself of a quest beyond what she could have ever imagined, having grown up in a small marsh-town. Her adventures are episodic in an almost Odyssian fashion in that there is no obvious or brute solution to the problems that Poison faces. Chris Wooding gives an amazing amount of depth to even minor characters. It is an incredible book.
Many of these official reviews list this as being 6th-9th grade in reading level, which I only agree with in terms of difficulty. Considering the content of the novel, it's actually quite violent and gruesome, I would recommend this book for 8th graders and older.
Posted December 6, 2011
This book is the best of Chris Wooding's books. I enjoyed reading every single page of it. That is not to say that his other books lack, because I believe Chris Wooding hasn't wrote a bad book yet. Poison is well worth the money. I look forward to reading it again in the near future.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2011
This story is a well written hero's journey for a girl on the brink of womanhood. Self named Poison leaves her home to find her baby sister that has been stolen from her crib. She faces incredible challenges and learns that even though her fate may seem preordained that it is her willfullness and choices that determine her future. I would reccomend to preteen readers, and of course adule lovers of great children's literature!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2011
Thats the best I can honesty say. Wow. The ending is extremely unpredictable, the characters have good and an alive personality traits, the story telling is well done, and the plot is very pact for only one book. I guess my biggest problem is that I wish the book was made into a series then only one book because of all the story lines that take place inside this world, but for a 273 paged book, I say that he pulled it off very well. The worlds are beautifully done as a well, like I said before it makes me wish there was more books to better understand and explore them better. Highly recommend this book to read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 3, 2011
This book is about a contray girl,prone to being argumentavie and stubborn so whenshe discovers that her little sister has been tajken by this phaeries. My favorite character was posion because she is a smart and powerful girl.I liked the book because it relates to life.You should read this book because maybe youbwill enjoy the book how i enjoyed it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I've read this book 3 times already and I love it each time. It starts off with her sister being taken away and goes on from there. Each chapter gets better and better. The ending is a surprise. The book has many twists and turns. I would love to see this turned into a movie or graphic novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 8, 2011
I read this thinking that it would be a story about a witch or something. This was not what I was expecting AT ALL!! But in a good way. There were so many things that i absolutely loved about this book, like the way that the characters evolve through out the story or how Chris Wooding kept throwing things at the reader, which frankly I wasn't expecting at all. Personally, I thought that Poison was a stubborn brat of a child, but if you look at her in a deeper sense for what she was going through, she was acting better than any teenage girl would. The ending was a weird thing I thought, but it was okay for the aspect of the story and how Chris Wooding writes his stories. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind twists and the unusual.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 15, 2010
Poison by Chris Wooding 12-13-10
Poison is a girl who does not listen to many people and does the exact opposite of what she is told by her stepmother to do and enjoys the sweet satisfactory of her stepmother's anger and frustration towards poison. But one day the all of that changed when poison's dear sweet little sister gets kidnapped by faries. Poison has to go from the marsh village in which she lived in her whole life to a new world filled with unknown creatures and places she would only read about. She does not know what lies ahead for her but she is ready for anything just so she can get her little sister back safe and sound.
THis book is really good i read it freshmen year in high school and loved it and for the past 4 yrs i have been searching for it and finaly found it at barnes and noble. sense freshman year i have read it 10 times and could tell you the stoy by heart. this book is really good for teens who's real world isnt all that fun. this is the type of book you want to turn out all the lights but one and read. it is a fantasy horror not that much was scary but it still will hook youWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 14, 2009
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my favorite book of all time. poison's sister gets stolen by the scarecrow. poison goes to the phaerie realm to get her back. poison answers riddles from lamprey, escapes from the bone witch, takes a quest from the phaerie lord, and steals a knife from the lady of cobwebs. her friends bram, peppercorn and anderson, and fleet help her. my favorite character is the cat anderson, wish i had a cat like him. the hierophant is such a cool character because they write the world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2009
I am currently reading this book and so far I am completely entranced by it. Everything from the writing style to the characters to the plot is genius. Yes, it is true that the story may not be completely original, nor the characters, but who cares? Its a great translation of the cliche plot, although I wouldn't even go as far as to say it is cliche, nonetheless, great book and I will review it again once I am finished, but for now I am addicted and completely impressed with Mr. Wooding, for he has done it again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 17, 2009
I loved this book. The story starts in a small town called Gull, where the main character, Poison, lives with her father, her stepmother (whom Poison doesn't like), and her baby sister, Azalea. Poison was a rebellious, contrary girl who always spoke her mind and asked questions that no one else dared to ask. One day, Azalea is captured by a phaerie called the scarecrow. With the help of her mysterious friend, Fleet, and a wraith-catcher named Bram, she sets off on her journey to get her sister back. On her journey she meets many strange people like, Lamprey, Peppercorn, the Bone Witch, Asinastra, Andersen (the talking cat), Myrrk, and the Hierophant, who determines the fate of all the people of the Realms. She also visits many faraway places that she never dreamed could actually exist. When Poison finally gets to the Phaerie Lord's palace to ask for her sister back, she realizes that her journey has only just begun as he asks her to go to the Realm of Spiders to retrieve his dagger. I recommend this book for anyone between the ages of ten to fifteen or anyone who likes fantasy, or both! I gave this book four stars because it was good, but not the best. I hope you enjoy reading this great book. Oh, yeah, and I forgot to mention, BONEBREAD!! And, no, I am NOT going to tell you what that means. Go read the book and find out for yourself!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 1, 2009
I thought this book would be boring. I picked it up cause I was bored and started reading. To tell you the truth I never thought a book could scare you. I got scared in some parts and then I got happy cause I was freaked out. The beginning was great towards the end it got confusing but when I re-read it, I understood what was going on. The adventure Poison went on was pretty amazing. The ending was great, that's all I got to say. I want to say a whole bunch of stuff but I don't want to ruin the ending for those who haven't read it. I recommend it, if you want to read a thriller book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 2, 2009
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This book was so amazing! At first it seemed so boring and it sat on my shelf for 2 years and I had only read the first chapter. Then one day I got really bored and I picked it up and started reading it. This book is so adventerous and uses such vivid words that it makes you feel as if you're in the story. Its amazing how the smallest of details is so significant to get the plot going. I'm very happy that I read the book and I recommned it to anyyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Poison is one of the best books I have ever read. And I do read various books. Most people are obsessed with the Twilight Saga. They're good books, but I find Poison much more creative and a better read. Poison has a personality that I love. She's like my perfect character. It has some predictable parts, but then again most books do. To me, the plot was somewhat unexpected, which is a good thing, and the whole story is absolutely imaginative. I just grabbed this book at a book fair at my school, and it ended up being my third favorite book. The book doesn't have any romance that most readers love, however it's pure originality makes up for the lack of heroes. I always preferred a heroine anyway. (also, I love how the author spelt faery. phaerie? I've never heard of that way before! It's sick) Poison also reminded me of a different perspective of life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 8, 2008
Posted March 24, 2008
I loved this book it took me a while to read it but only cuz i have tons of school work to do but sometimes i didn't do it just so i could read it. I def recommend it. I love phaerie tales and all that type of stuff. It was one of the best books i have ever read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 17, 2008
Poison is a great book, I couldn't put it down. It's endless action, mystery, and even eerie at some parts. I'm not even a big fairy and goblin type of story person, but this book IS SO AWESOME I DIDN'T CARE. I would recommend to anyone even if you don't even read fairy and goblin type things.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.