Author(s): Marcus Sedgwick
Marcus Sedgwick's tale of Venice and vampires is a captivating companion volume to the bestselling My Swordhand is Singing.
Marko and Sorrel meet in Venice for the first time. They must uncover the mystery of what has happened both to Sorrel's father, plagued by a strange madness that prevents him from sleeping, and to Marko's father, a doctor, who has mysteriously gone missing after travelling to Venice to help his old friend. Years on from My Swordhand is Singing and Peter is still on the trail of the Shadow Queen. His search leads him to Venice, a city whose beauty disguises many ugly secrets. The Shadow Queen is there, gathering strength, recruiting a new army of the Undead for a final confrontation. This fabled city with its lapping waterways, its crumbling magnificence, dark, twisting alleyways and surprising piazzas is the perfect setting for Marcus's captivating gothic novel of love and loss in 18th Century Venice.
Back in SWORDHAND territory a new gothic novel featuring the Shadow Queen and Peter from the bestselling novel. SWORDHAND winner of the Book Trust Teen Prize 2007 and boasted sales of over 45,000 copies. Total Marcus Sedgwick sales of over 330,000. Rights for Marcus Sedgwick's book have been sold in 20 territories. Major marketing and publicity planned. SWORDHAND published to excellent reviews: 'a heart-stopping read' (Amanda Craig, The Times). ' ... with broad and elegant strokes [Sedgwick] paints a chilling and irresistibly Gothic picture of the fight of good against evil ... This isn't a genre book. It is a novel of quality.' (Jill Murphy, thebookbag.co.uk). 'Sedgwick has taken early vampire legends and masterfully crafted them into this dark tale. His story is like a journey into a beautiful gothic painting ... ' (Daily Telegraph)... ' (Daily Telegraph).
My Sword is Singing was a great, bloodthirsty romp through the Vampire genre, and the sequel is just as gripping (and nasty). Teenagers will love this -- Jon Hamblin DAD'S SPACE
Marcus Sedgwick has worked in children's publishing for ten years and before that he was a bookseller. Marcus lives in Sussex and has a young daughter, Alice.