The Shadow Of Malabron: Welcome To The Perilous Realm

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The Shadow Of Malabron: Welcome To The Perilous Realm

by THOMAS WHARTON

Doubleday Canada | June 25, 2010 | Hardcover

The Shadow Of Malabron: Welcome To The Perilous Realm is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
Malabron the Night King seeks to turn all stories into one – his story, a nightmare of absolute power. When Will Lightfoot, a rebellious teenager, stumbles into the Perilous Realm where all stories come from, he is unwillingly caught up in the struggle against this ancient evil.

Aided by some of the Storyfolk – including the feisty Rowen, her grandfather, Pendrake the loremaster, Finn Madoc, a knight-in-training, and Shade, the wise and loyal wolf – Will must set out on a dangerous journey and face a host of perils if he is ever to find the gateless gate that will take him home.

This is high fantasy on a grand scale, which imaginatively intertwines well-known stories with Will’s quest to weave an unforgettable adventure.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.08 × 5.88 × 1.33 in

Published: June 25, 2010

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385664575

ISBN - 13: 9780385664578

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looking forward to the Next in the Series This YA fantasy follows the traditional quest format of high fantasy. The story is very intricate and difficult to summarize. A teenager, Will Lightfoot, finds himself suddenly in an alternate dimension. The land of Stories, where all stories are begun and end and continue. He is befriended but soon finds out he is being sought by Malabron, the Night King, who has sent his right hand man, The Angel, and hordes of his minions, demons and strange creatures of the night. Will and a motley group of friends, including a talking wolf who has waited hundreds of years for his arrival, set off to find a portal to send Will back where he belongs. There are many references to "stories" such as Red Riding Hood, Santa Clause (a toymaker named Father Nicholas), Freya (the Norse goddess of war, battle and many other things). I'm also sure there are probably references that went over my head. I'll admit the book was a bit hard for me to get into. We are thrown right into this strange new world and must figure things out as we go along. I also found the character of Will not really fully developed. I didn't have any real feelings or concerns for him as a person. But, again I'll admit that at a certain point I became hooked on the plot. It is a very interesting and unique world Wharton has created. I was also pleased that the sub-plot within this series was completely resolved but enjoyed how the book ended with the feeling that there should be another chapter, well lots more chapters and I will certainly read the next book in the series.
Date published: 2008-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than any medical reference guide! I discovered Thomas Wharton through my university courses. His book "Salamander" was listed for a course I was planning to take. At the last minute the class was cancelled but I had already bought the book and decided not to waste a piece of potentially perfectally good literature. I fell in love with "Salamander" and I have now read Wharton's other titles. I even came close to ordering a somewhat expensive book from the rare and used book section just to have the opportunity to read more Wharton. It turns out I nearly purchased a medical reference title from a Thomas Wharton in England from several years ago. So, when I found out that Wharton had a new book coming out, I was more than a little excited. In fact, when the French version came in, I actually considered trying to read it in French (a plan that got scrapped rather quickly). "The Shadow of Malabron" deals with what appears to be one of Wharton's favourite topics, books and storytelling. Will Lightfoot finds himself transported into the Perilous Realm after he crashes his father's motorcycle. Here he meets a variety of characters as he tries to find his way back home to the Untold. His adventure becomes part of his story and he is joined by other characters that are living out their own stories. Wharton's passion for stories frequently surfaces as he includes snippets of common stories such as "Little Red Riding Hood" and "The Three Little Pigs". And while some of the references are obvious there are some hidden clues that you only catch as you get further into the story. I enjoyed this title but I definitely feel like he has done better in his previous title. This title is intended for a younger audience and there are times when that seems rather obvious. It also seems like Wharton possibly read Michael Ende's "Neverending Story" at some point and forgot he read it. There were moments in the story that seemed very familiar to me. In the end, I am still glad that I am a fan of Thomas Wharton. He has a passionate writing style and a real love of books that is easy to see in his narrative. I would actually recommend people start with "The Shadow of Malabron" to become familiar with his writing before delving into his more challenging titles. And finally, now that I have finished this new title, I am still excited, because the spine of the book says "Volume One" which means there is more yet to come!
Date published: 2008-08-18

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The Shadow Of Malabron: Welcome To The Perilous Realm

by THOMAS WHARTON

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.08 × 5.88 × 1.33 in

Published: June 25, 2010

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385664575

ISBN - 13: 9780385664578

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I It is when you have already gone too far that your journey truly begins. —The Quips and Quiddities of Sir Dagonet     Will had taken the motorcycle. He couldn’t believe he had done it, but here he was, zooming down the highway with the wind buffeting him in the face and the bike humming powerfully beneath him. He scanned the road ahead for any sign of the brightly coloured tents he had seen earlier. The late afternoon sky was darkening with thick clouds. It looked like rain.   Will hunkered down over the handlebars. He was in a lot of trouble, but there was no turning back now.   He hadn’t expected the day to turn out like this. The Lightfoot family had been on the road since early morning. It was the third day of their cross- country trip to a new home. On the first day Will had played Goblin Fortress on his GameBook until he was sick of it. On the second day he’d played “I Spy” and other kiddie car games with his little sister Jess, and wondered if he’d ever been so bored in his entire life. On the third afternoon they passed the hundredth field with cows in it and he knew for certain he had never been so bored in his entire life. He was staring out of the window of the camper van at nothing in particular, dazed with boredom and half asleep, when he glimpsed something up ahead that woke him right up.   On the left side of the highway, behind a stand of trees, rose the colourful pennants and pavilions of wh
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Malabron the Night King seeks to turn all stories into one – his story, a nightmare of absolute power. When Will Lightfoot, a rebellious teenager, stumbles into the Perilous Realm where all stories come from, he is unwillingly caught up in the struggle against this ancient evil.

Aided by some of the Storyfolk – including the feisty Rowen, her grandfather, Pendrake the loremaster, Finn Madoc, a knight-in-training, and Shade, the wise and loyal wolf – Will must set out on a dangerous journey and face a host of perils if he is ever to find the gateless gate that will take him home.

This is high fantasy on a grand scale, which imaginatively intertwines well-known stories with Will’s quest to weave an unforgettable adventure.

About the Author

Thomas Wharton’s first novel, Icefields (1995), won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (Canada and the Caribbean), and was chosen as a CBC Canada Reads title in 2008. His second novel, Salamander (2001), was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Rogers’ Fiction Prize. A collection of short fiction, The Logogryph, was shortlisted for the 2006 IMPAC-Dublin Prize. He lives in Edmonton with his wife and three children, and is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Alberta.
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