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The Shadowmancer Returns: The Curse of Salamander Street

The Shadowmancer Returns: The Curse of Salamander Street

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by G. P. Taylor

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In this thrilling, much-anticipated sequel to the runaway hit Shadowmancer, G. P. Taylor once again takes readers on a gripping journey. Kate and Thomas have barely escaped the evil sorcerer Demurral, and are sailing to London to make a fresh start. But someone knows they are coming, and is lying in wait to lure them into the darkest heart of the


In this thrilling, much-anticipated sequel to the runaway hit Shadowmancer, G. P. Taylor once again takes readers on a gripping journey. Kate and Thomas have barely escaped the evil sorcerer Demurral, and are sailing to London to make a fresh start. But someone knows they are coming, and is lying in wait to lure them into the darkest heart of the city.

Meanwhile, Raphah, who has had a narrow escape of his own, sets out on a terrifying journey to find his friends, all the time haunted by a shadowy beast.

Eventually, the friends' paths meet on a cursed street, hidden from the world - a place where fates are decided and old enemies seek revenge.

They thought it was over...but can evil ever be destroyed?

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Elaine J. O'Quinn
In this sequel to the Shadowmancer (G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2003/VOYA April 2004), kudos go to the author for serving up an adventure story as intriguing as it is entertaining. The book manages to be enlightening and quirky at the same time, a trait that will appeal to an array of audiences. Taylor again provides a story that although on the surface appears as not so serious is quite serious after all. Beyond the weird and dangerous Salamander Street that only invited guests may see, past the wicked boots that move owners to respond to the call of evil, and eclipsing even a drug that allures with pleasure to then kill with pain lies a triumphant story of how good and innocence are never eradicated by the vicious and cunning forces of malevolent beings hungry only for power and personal gain. Complete with diviners and angels, werewolves and ghosts, alchemists and priests, and a Holy Grail quest, Taylor's latest voyage into the world of faith and its inseparable relationship to evil will have even the most jaded reader giving a nod to the darkness that eventually stalks all humankind. The good news is that despite monstrous characters like the ruthless Vicar Demurral, who continues to pursue the innocent Kate, Thomas, and Raphah, and rising above Demurral's friend, the immoral Mr. Galphus, remain the flawed but reliable characters like Jacob Crane and Beadle, the Vicar's ex-servant. Taylor reassures readers that although there is no end to evil, likewise, goodness and light prevail.
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up
This muddled sequel to Shadowmancer (Putnam, 2004) follows Kate and Thomas as they flee to London with the smuggler Jacob Crane, hoping to escape the evil vicar Obadiah Demurral. Their Ethiopian friend Raphah, last seen falling overboard their ship, has made it to shore in the belly of a whale, with the help of Riathamus, "the power of all goodness." He is taking a land route to the capital in the company of Demurral's former servant Beadle. Eventually Kate and Thomas are kidnapped by a sinister alchemist who uses supernatural means to control his child-labor force, while Raphah and Beadle uncover a plot involving the Holy Grail. The development of this story of good against evil is rather slapdash: at one point Kate is force-fed a hallucinogen and instantly starts behaving like an addict at rock bottom. The flashes of inspiration are weighed down by Taylor's awkward prose and heavy-handed moralizing. Fans of the first book will likely welcome a sequel, but other readers of both fantasy and Christian fiction already have many superior resources to call upon.
—Christi VothCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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331 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

G. P. Taylor (www.mariahmundi.com) is the author of several novels for young adults, including the New York Times bestsellers Shadowmancer and Wormwood. His multifaceted career path has included jobs in the music industry, social work and many years in the Yorkshire Police Force. In 1995 he was ordained by the Church of England and became a vicar in the parish of Whitby. He lives in England.

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The Shadowmancer Returns: The Curse of Salamander Street 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Golden_Reader12 More than 1 year ago
I thought the first book was wonderful! Then I saw the second and was like Yes! No. I was wrong, very wrong. For me,this book was such a disappointment. I should have just left the story at the first book, instead I went and ruined it by reading the second. If you have read the first book but not the second just STOP! Its much better if you leave things the way they are, tust me
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read Shadowmancer and loved the book. So I was like 'hey why not read the second? ' so I did and was very disappointed in this book. It was not very exciting and I waited for a part in the book that I thought would come but never did. It sounded nuthin like the first and if you just read Shadowmancer you do not need to read the second.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book includes the return of the main characters of 'Shadowmancer' plus a whole new group of villans. It is an excellent story, even more suspenseful than the first and includes some events that are very unpredictable! Great book!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1752 England Obadiah Demurral continues his quest to conquer heaven in order to rule on earth. Three children (Raphah, Thomas and Kate) with the help of the angel Raphael thwart his last efforts, but he is not finished. The three children travel to London aboard pirate Jacob Crane¿s ship, who has become a believer. He is taking his previous cargo to Salamander Street, supposedly a place of safety from Demurral.--------------------- Raphah gets separated from the others when he falls overboard. When Beadle, Demurral former slave happens upon a beach he sees a whale and out of his mouth comes Raphah. They head to London together. Meanwhile Crane, Kate, and Thomas reach London but officials board the ship and confiscate his cargo and inform him that Demurral sent word ahead that Crane kidnapped the children and stole something precious from him. When they reach the inn on Salamander Street Galphus takes Thomas to his factory and forces him to sign indenture papers. Later Kate is taken to Galphus¿s factory as a prisoner. Crane eventually is captured as well. They are waiting for Demurral to reach them as Galphus is his minion as good and evil clash for the souls of the children and their allies.--------------- This dark fantasy grips readers with its good vs. evil war on earth in which Demurral seems more powerful than even the angel Raphael. The story line is action-packed never slowing down in its epic battle on the streets of eighteenth century London, yet the key players are fully developed so that the audience understands motives (some altruistic to save the world others ambitious to rule the world). G.P. Taylor provides a wonderful fantasy with a religious theme that readers of all ages will appreciate.---------------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is outstandingly amazing. It is full of action and suspense. It will have you turning pages for hours.