So once again I found myself perusing the YA collection, laughing at a title here, reminiscing about the poignant moments another book had to offer there, and I stumbled upon a book I had never seen before. A book that appeared, for all intensive purposes, to be brand new. I decided to place it on the new book shelf, where I figured it rightly belonged. Imagine my surprise when I found out that we had possessed this book for OVER A YEAR. After I regained consciousness, I sprinted to my desk to write this missive. If you like magic and orphans and old cities and graveyards and general supernatural spookiness, then we have had a book waiting here for you for a year.
The Book of Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick tells of the days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve where magical occurrences happen frequently. A magician, Valerian, must figure out how to save his own life in those few short days or he will be forced to pay the price of a pact he made with evil many years ago. Demonic forces are after him and no amount of skill or magic seems to be able to stop the inevitable from happening. Valerian has only his servant, Boy, helping him, and soon acquires the help of a savvy orphan girl by the name of Willow, who lends her services on their journey though graveyards and into the sprawling darkness of the city’s underbelly. How can the two street orphans trust a man who has made a deal with the devil? Will finding this mythical Book of Dead Days really save Valerian’s life? And is it even a life worth saving?
Please find out by checking out this book. I really do not want to faint from shock at work anymore, it interferes with my shelving.