Malice (Paperback) by Chris WoodingMalice (Paperback) by Chris Wooding

Malice (Paperback)

byChris Wooding

Paperback | August 1, 2010

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Everyone's heard of it...but nobody's read it. Luke, Seth, and Kady have heard all the stories about Malice-a secret comic about a strange, awful world full of tricks and traps, and overseen by a sinister master of ceremonies, Tall Jake. But if the rumours are to be believed, the children in this comic are real...

Luke is the first to fall into this trap-and Seth and Kady are the next to follow. They have left our world and entered the sinister comic book. The question is-can they make it out alive?From acclaimed author, Chris Wooding, a novel that's half fact, half comic-and all thrills.

CHRIS WOODING began writing at the age of sixteen, and his first novel, Crashing, was published when he was nineteen. Since that time, he's written dozens of novels in several genres, notably the award-winning The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, Poison, Storm Thief, the Malice series, and the graphic novel Pandemonium.
Title:Malice (Paperback)Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.01 × 5.32 × 0.88 inPublished:August 1, 2010Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545160448

ISBN - 13:9780545160445

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Creepy Super creepy story at the beginning until you get used to it and get sucked into the world, then its not so bad. Loved that it was part comic, part novel, definitely kept me interested. Super cool story.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great book! Chris Wooding is a fantastic author and I generally like his stuff quite a lot. This one is unique though - part novel, part comic. It's a page turner that I found enjoyably creepy at times :)
Date published: 2017-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book to discover for all ages! This is such a surprisingly GOOD story! Totally different from any other book. I loved the fact that there is both "standard text" and "comic book style" pages. Even if this book is in the "teenage" section of the book store, do not be misguided! This is not a childish story at all. The cover is original with it's "relief". I can't wait for the sequel "Havoc" to come out later in 2010!
Date published: 2010-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Real Page-Turner This book is a lot of fun to read. There's non-stop action inside this attractive looking book. It's part novel/part graphic novel and I think YA fantasy readers can appreciate this combination which works extremely well for this book/series in particular. Since almost anything can happen, this story has you on the edge of your seat pretty much the whole time. The narrative is great and the characters are pretty well written. There are nice transitions between the real world and that of Malice. I like how the characters are adventurous; it keeps the story exciting. The graphic novel parts of the book really complement the story. They're refreshing. They give an idea of what the author had in mind. The illustrations are stunning. Because of the format of this book, I think it may attract many readers, especially those who are perhaps a little reluctant to read. Malice is a dark but fascinating world. There's still lots to learn about the characters and how Malice works and so I'm looking forward to the sequel, Havoc. There's still lots to explore, so I have a feeling there will be more after Havoc, at least that's what I'm hoping for.
Date published: 2009-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MOODYTEENAGERREVIEW Everyone’s heard of Malice, but hardly anyone has actually seen it: a comic about a horrifying world of tricks and traps, overseen by the sinister master of ceremonies, Tall Jake. The story goes that the kids who go through Tall Jake’s deadly trials are real kids, who’ve disappeared from the real world and turned up in the comic. But it’s just an urban legend, right? Teenagers are becoming obsessed with a comic book named Malice. Malice is rare to atually be seen but the rumour is spreading about the horrible tricks and traps that are being controled by the sinister, Tall Jake. The kids in the comic books are real kids who have disappeared from the real world, but have somehow ended up in Malice. Everyone thinks it's just an urban legend, including Seth and Kady. But once their friend, Luke goes missing and he mysteriously end up in the cominc Seth takes it upon himself to go to Malice and he ends up going through the most horrifying experience he has ever experienced. A bonus, the cover has a metal face plate and it's definetly attention grabbing. So Malice is part comic, but mostly novel. The book was so hard to put down and it was so different from anything I've ever read in my life. The book was thrilling and kept me up at night. I think that the best part of the book was Tall Jake. Chris Wooding made Tall Jake so believable that I was scared of him! I'm still too scared to say the chant "Tall Jake come take me away". This was a great book and I recommend it to anyone who is searching for an adventure novel. Of course this book has the Moody seal of approval because Malice is real and you can't escape. The next book, Havoc comes out in 2010, the books are supposed to be a duology but Chris Wooding says that there may be more. Heres his site
Date published: 2009-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, Fun, Fun! First of all I have to say that the cover of this book is startlingly creepy. It’s bold red with the title and an antagonist in eye-catching relief. I love it! I’ve traced the lines of that character (Tall Jake) a hundred times while reading it! The description on the back cover pretty well sums up the plot of this YA horror novel. It says: “Once you get into the story, there’s no way out.” Well, the truth couldn’t be any plainer. Malice is the name of a comic book but it’s also the name of the place in the comic where, if the kids are foolish enough to take the dare of presenting the specified offerings and repeating the required chant, they find themselves in a dangerous world of monsters, caves, dark corridors, booby traps and many more hidden dangers. Just when I thought I’d come across the worst evil-doer, the following page would be all the more terrifying! To Seth and Kady, best friends since childhood the rumors of Malice are too much to resist. What follows is an adventure of a lifetime – and maybe several lifetimes. The book is full of intrepid and resourceful teenagers battling the evil lurking behind every corner in the real world and in Malice. But they’re normal teenagers too – they have arguments with their parents and deal with peer pressure. And the antagonists! I love adventure stories and when I saw the cover of this book, I couldn’t resist reading the first page. And then the next and the next. Ok, I had trouble putting the book down. Its easy to read format and the story line drew me in completely. The book’s beautifully graphic cover extends to the inside where the story is interrupted in at least six places by a comic depicting the action going on. That was great! Sometimes it’s easier (especially if you’re a visual person) to see something rather than have it described by the written word. So the descriptions of some of the fantastical creatures were depicted in equally strange drawings. I didn't realize until I finished the book that this is a series! I cannot wait for the next one to come out! I love having books to look forward to...I recommend this book to any kid who loves creepy horror stories (who didn’t see or hear about or read at least one book from the Goosebumps series?). And some adults too!
Date published: 2009-10-29

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Malice:"The creative formatting, fast pace and classic horror elements will surely satisfy any teen who likes a good scare." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"The fast-paced storyline and whimsically dangerous setting will capture plenty of attention. Even more eye-catching are the interspersed sections where comic book panels replace textual narrative (as well as the three-dimensional cover), making this a memorable multimedia experience." -Publishers Weekly"I'm going to go out on a limb here, but it seems that the land of Tolkien and Gaiman has brought us another winner-Malice is well worth a read. Try it. It's not the simple kiddie fare you expect. You might just enjoy it. I, for one, await the next book eagerly." -Fantasy Literature