The story is told in two parts, Sarah's and Tom's. But in the second half, it seems like he may be the good guy. He, too, was exactly as she remembered him. Even if I've heard about it before, I never really read about it. He gives her 100 years and the money and everything else she would need to accomplish her goals in order for her to give him her soul. I take that back; they're still proud, they've just lost everything.
After reading the back I thought that it would be more exciting but it really wasn't. What Left Me Wanting More: I wanted a bit more insight into the character of Azrael by the end of the story. Sixteen-year-old Sarah Trevelyan would give anything to regain the power and wealth her family has lost, so she makes a bargain with Azrael, Lord of Darkwater Hall. If you have background on the whole angels, demons, and Satan's fall from heaven then you have a bit of an idea of who the characters are supposed to, but I still wanted more. There is something not-quite-right about him, but when he offers Sarah a chance to come home, she makes a deal with him, despite the warnings of a mysterious tramp who seems to know more than he's telling.
It fast forwarded to 100 years which was a little odd and confusing. With Sarah the main character at the beginning cutting a bargain with Lord Azrael to get what she wanted for 100 years in exchange for her soul at the end of that time period. The text was good, but I'd prefer maybe some more action and suspense. This is smart fantasy mixed with elements of horror from master storyteller Catherine Fisher. All the while, the spectre of her family's former glory, Darkwater Hall, looms over her. I adore Victorian England, gothics, and stories that touch on class or identity, so I was naturally inclined to like this book. I have not read a book close to this one.
I appreciate the presence of Darkwater Hall as an entity, but this too could have been fleshed out more. The trilogy was an international bestseller and has appeared in over twenty languages. Fast-forward a hundred years to Tom, a fifteen-year-old boy who dreams of attending Darkwater Hall School but doesn't believe he has the talent. She leads sessions for teachers and librarians and is an experienced broadcaster and adjudicator. The Box of Red Brocade was also titled as The Slanted Worlds. Azreal is a devil from Hell who wants to take peoples' souls. She desired to know the truth as much as she feared the possible answer.
Tom wants to attend Darkwater school but doesn't think he has the talent. They are flawed, sympathetic, real. A slim, elegant retelling of the classic Faustian fable, with an inspirational twist. In the first half of the book, we meet Sarah Trevelyan, descendent of the once-proud and wealthy Trevelyans. That said, what this made me want was more of this book. This story had me hooked on the first couple of pages that i read.
One day, she meets the new lord of Darkwater Hall, Lord Azrael, who offers her a job assisting him with his alchemy. Sarah, the almost claustrophobic setting, the deft use of symbolism and mythology--Fisher manages to boil her usual strengths down into something that reads as tight and masterful. What would you sell your soul for? After the bargain the story fast forwards 100 years to present day and you meet a new character, Tom, who the reader a brief glimpse of in the beginning of the story. The book is a quic Whatever else may be said about this book it is amazingly well written. In the second half of the book, we meet a teenager named Tom. Keep up with all the latest book-related goodies on our blog and interact with authors in our Twitter chats. Sarah's story takes up the first half of the book, late 1800's to early 1900's or so in England, with her family and how they fell down the social ladder to ruin, and Sarah's attempt to return her family's status back to where it was.
But she sells her soul to regain Darkwater Hall from its new lord, giving her a hundred years as the landowner. How will Sarah stop him from making the same mistake she had? Did it turn out for Sarah? This story was quite interesting, I have to admit that I was a little bit surprise by the story itself and the main subject was kind of a first for me. The scenery and tone were told very well and it made you feel like you were in the Darkwater Hall school. Indeed, it was that tramp again, still as ragged-looking as ever. I still enjoyed its presence without this. Catherine Fisher is a great stylist and creates interesting worlds, but the story of Sarah and Tom just didn't do anything for me.
Fast-forward a hundred years to Tom, a fifteen-year-old boy who dreams of a What would you sell your soul for? So chalk it up as one that was great when actually reading and then maybe more problematic later. I never actually knew how much I love Catherine Fisher until I started to make fanfiction of her works. Darkwater Hall has become a prestigious school that Tom would love to go to, if he only had the intelligence and talent. Fisher manages to create a very ambiguous situation, drawing on traditional mythologies but doing it in a way that keeps things from becoming clear, rather than the opposite. This is smart fantasy mixed with elements of horror from master storyteller Catherine Fisher. The scenery and tone is kept well through out the book. In Rome she had seen a sculpture of a woman and an angel, who was piercing her with a spear.
I also liked it because they interloop the two time periods and still connect them in a way that makes sense to the reader. This is its first U. I enjoyed the pacing of the novel as well. And then I thought about it a bit more, and I realized that I wanted more reasons for Simon's decision. I never actually knew how much I love Catherine Fisher until I started to make fanfiction of her works.
Her selfishness and lack of emotional connection to anyone or thing other than herself made it very difficult to care about what happened to her. The descriptions enfold the reader into the almost-Gothic atmosphere of the novel, and the setting itself breathes credibility into the plot. This one was much more vivid, if no less bizarre. This book was really like no other book. Prince of Darkness was my favorite character, he was well build and even if his aspect wasn't of some hideous creature on the contrary, he seems to be an attractive man ; his purpose doesn't seem to represent his ''good'' intention. He meets a professor, named Azrael, who offers him the same thing he offered Sarah 100 years ago.