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MORTLOCK by Jon Mayhew is a wonderfully dark historical fantasy for readers aged 9+ that pits two orphans into a world of dark secrets and a horrifying legacy. If that sounds like your kinda thing, then check out the official blurbage below:

Every now and then, a gentle scratching made Josie flinch and pull the bedclothes closer around her.

‘I can come in whenever I want to,’ the noise seemed to gloat. ‘You may think you’re safe, but I can come in. Whenever I want.


Josie is a knife thrower in a magician’s stage act.

Alfie is an undertaker’s assistant.

They are both orphans and they have never met, but they are about to be given a clue to the secret of their shared past.

A past which has come to seek them out.

And while they flee for their lives, they must unravel the burning mysteries surrounding the legacy that threatens to consume them.

Morsel by morsel.


I am giving away one copy of the book signed by the author together with a bookmark to one lucky person.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this LJ telling me what your favourite historical MG/YA fantasy is and why.

Rules:

1. Leave a comment on this LJ telling me what your favourite historical MG/YA fantasy is and why.

2. The winner will be chosen at random using a random generator.

3. You don't have to have an LJ account or be a friend of this LJ to enter this contest but if you don't have an LJ account then please tell me how I can contact you if you win (e.g. leave an email address or link to a blog or whatever in your comment). This is purely so I know how to contact you and can speed up the process of getting the prize out.

4. You can comment as many times as you want (e.g. to change your mind), but each individual only gets one contest entry.

5. Comments must be posted before 23:59 (British Summer Time) on Saturday 5th June 2010.

6. The winner will be notified by 23:59 on Sunday 6th June by LJ message or email and must respond with their mailing address within 1 week (i.e. by 23:59 British Summer Time on Sunday 13th June 2010), or else another winner will be drawn.

7. The giveaway is open to anyone regardless of age or location BUT please note that the prize will be sent by post and I have no responsibility or liability for the vagaries of local mail systems.

8. Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

9. The Judge's (i.e. my) decision is final.

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fyrie
May. 30th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
My favourite YA fantasy is a tough call. It's between Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer and the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. As much as I love Artemis, though, Bartimaeus pips him to the post.

It's intelligently and well though out, with the history of this altenative England laid out fantastically. The class warfare, the inherent threat of enslaved Djinn, and the layer-upon-layer plots that not only make up 3 individual books but one tightly-threaded trilogy make it fantastic.

To say nothing of Bartimaeus himself. I have a weakness for sarcastic characters, and an equally big weakness for sarcastic footnotes. When you have a sarcastic character making snarky comments about everything and anything, you will find me a happy camper ;)
jayabear
May. 31st, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
My favourite YA fantasy is definitely the Old Kingdom trilogy by Garth Nix, Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen.

Very well written (kids deserve well-written books too!), very enjoyable. Sucks you into the Old Kingdom from the first chapter. And all the protagonists who you're supposed to be feeling sympathetic about are quite likeable. (Nothing worse than a protagonist who is so annoying that you're rooting for the bad guys.) And then the plot twists and we all get thrown for a loop.

<3 <3
num_nums312
May. 31st, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
the book thief by markus zusak i love markus way with worda and pharses and it is a very emotional book
hooton
Jun. 6th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
Just to let you know that you've won the copy of Mortlock! If you wouldn't mind dropping me an email at caroline_hooton AT yahoo DOT com, then I'll post it off to you.
deralte
May. 31st, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
My favourite historical YA fantasy is kinda hard to pin down since I don't tend to classify them as historical or not, but one I read recently which I adored (though the fantasy aspects only show up later in the series) is Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer which has such a fun main character and manages to be historical without offending my historical sensibilities and yet still have a female main character.
ashfae
May. 31st, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
Love that series. Love love love love love. So damn awesome. Why isn't book six out in paperback yet??? Damn.
ashfae
May. 31st, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
...but hang on, what fantasy elements??
deralte
May. 31st, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
For some reason I was under the impression that there were subtle fantasy elements. That may have been added in my mind to explain how someone manages to fly on a kite for so long without dying. Or maybe just because her adventures are so outrageous. Oh well.
ashfae
May. 31st, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
They're outrageous all right, but nope, no fantasy elements anywhere. Except inside her head, all sorts of crazy ideas in there.
ashfae
May. 31st, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
Historical YA fantasy...oh ack that's hard. Any two of the three I can come up with a response but I can't think of something offhand that hits all three...

No wait! I have it! Sorcery and Cecelia or the Enchanted Chocolate Pot, by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevemeyer. Most definitely. Set in an alternate Georgette Heyeresque London where magic is taught at university. Completely delightful book. Also Magician's Ward (sequel to Mairelon the Magician by Patricia Wrede; the characters are terrific, the plot is intriguing, the world is well-imagined, absolutely love it.


Edited at 2010-05-31 12:35 pm (UTC)
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