The Doomspell ; bk. 1

Author(s): Cliff McNish

Young Adult | No Category

In a blaze of light, rush of wind, and scrabble of claws, Rachel and her younger brother are ripped through the wall and hurtled on to another world. Like thousands of children before them, they have been snatched away by the Witch. But this time the Witch has met her match. Rachel discovers that she has extraordinary gifts: she can transform herself into a speck of dust, or fly on an owl's back, just as the Witch can. The Witch is excited - she has found someone she can use for her own evil purposes. But for the Witch's victims, Rachel is their only hope. A great narrative drive, strong characters and emotions, a beautifully imagined world and delicious touches of magic and humour are hallmarks of Cliff's debut.


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Cliff McNish's total UK sales exceed 320,000 copies. Rights sold in 22 languages. A prize-winning author: BREATHE won the 2007 Calderdale and Salford book awards and is shortlisted for the Tower Hamlets book award, while ANGEL was longlisted for the Manchester Book Award. Consistently positive reviews for all Cliff's novels. Since THE DOOMSPELL was first published, Cliff has consolidated his reputation as an author of some of the most chilling and original fantasy for readers - truly a writer who is not afraid to push the boundaries. With the publication of ANGEL (Jun 07) major marketing initiatives - including podcasts, cinema postcards (100K in 125 venues), and web presences - have increasingly placed Cliff in the public eye. Cliff is a popular choice for festival appearances - incl. Edinburgh and Cheltenham in 2007. Brilliant comtemporary new cover look - to appeal to new readers and to show the progression in invention and scope from THE DOOMSPELL, through to the stand-alone ANGEL and beyond to SAVANNAH GREY (Jan 2009).

"an enchanting read". Teen Titles, Summer 2005

Cliff McNish was born in Sunderland, but has spent most of his life in the southeast of England. His daughter Rachel loved listening to his stories from an early age. THE DOOMSPELL started as one of these. 'But before I knew what was happening,' says Cliff, 'the whole magical world of Ithrea just wanted to come to life in a bigger way. It wanted to live!'

General Fields

  • : 9781858818504
  • : Orion Publishing Co
  • : Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • : May 2001
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Cliff McNish
  • : Paperback
  • : 224