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Blackwood by Gwenda Bond

On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just an outdoor drama for the tourists, a story people tell. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people now, an unlikely pair of 17-year-olds may be the only hope of bringing them back.

Miranda, a misfit girl from the island’s most infamous family, and Phillips, an exiled teen criminal who hears the voices of the dead, must dodge everyone from federal agents to long-dead alchemists as they work to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony. The one thing they can’t dodge is each other.

Cover Art: Steven Wood

Book Info:

UK Print
Date: 6th September 2012
ISBN: 9781908844064
Format: Medium Paperback
R.R.P.: £7.99

US/CAN Print
Date: 4th September 2012
ISBN: 9781908844071
Format: Large Paperback
R.R.P.: $9.99

Date: 4th September 2012
ISBN: 9781908844088
Format: Epub & Mobi
R.R.P.: £5.49 / $6.99

Buying Info:

UK Print & Ebook | Book Depository | Waterstones | WHSmith

North American Print & Ebook | | |

Global DRM-Free Epub Ebook
Robot Trading Company

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Other Strange Chemistry Books by Gwenda Bond:

The Woken Gods (September 2013)

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Gwenda Bond: WWW | @Gwenda Twitter | Facebook

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Praise and Reviews:

“This haunting, romantic mystery intrigues, chills, and captivates.”
New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith

“Weird, wise and witty, Blackwood is great fun.”
Marcus Sedgwick

“Miranda Blackwood’s battle against her own history is utterly modern – and utterly marvelous. She’s truly a heroine all readers can rally behind.”
Micol Ostow, author of Family and So Punk Rock

“With whip-smart, instantly likable characters and a gothic small-town setting, Bond weaves a dark and gorgeous tapestry from America’s oldest mystery.”
Scott Westerfeld, New York Times bestselling author of the Leviathan series

“A deft and clever debut! Bond takes some reliably great elements – a family curse, the mark of Cain, the old and endlessly fascinating mystery of the Roanoke Colony – and makes them into something delightfully, surprisingly new. How does she do that? I suspect witchcraft.”
Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club

Blackwood is an impressive debut novel for Ms. Bond and is hopefully just the first of many novels she plans to write.”
– Rob Bedford, SFF World

“Both Miranda and Phillips had great personalities, and that’s really what sold me on the book in the end.”
– Ashley, Booknook

“Blackwood is a terrific addition to the young-adult genre. Absolutely captivating”
– A Dream of Books

“Bond writes a compelling, addictive story that merges together so many genres it’s difficult to really call it one or the other: with elements of romance, mystery, the supernatural and even horror, Blackwood is a unique, exciting story that kept me glued to the page. It is an engrossing, detailed story that is deliciously written and marks Bond as a writer to look out for. She can write: her prose is quirky, fresh and absolutely fantastic. All in all, Gwenda Bond’s Blackwood is a gorgeous adventure of a book that simply must be read.”
– Jet Black Ink

“Blackwood is a solid debut YA novel: Bond’s prose is assured and accessible, the story races along and never lets up, and I was easily caught up in the narrative and story.”
– Civilian Reader

“BLACKWOOD puts a great paranormal spin on a piece of history. The unravelling mystery is tense and exciting. The story is creepy, absorbing and full of surprises. Blackwood is set in modern times in a small town with a rich history. The history of the characters and the Lost Colony weaves deep and is explored thoroughly, allowing the little pieces of the mystery to click together one by one. I thought it was fantastic.”
– Kate Ormand

“Gwenda Bond’s debut novel, a YA paranormal about the lost colony of Roanoke, moves along at a breathless pace, investing a humdrum plotline with a remarkable sense of urgency. Blackwood is not quite unputdownable—I did put it down once, at about five in the morning—but it’s close. This quality is achieved not through cliffhangers or whodunits, but through Bond’s exquisite sense of pacing. Every chapter adds a new piece to the puzzle.”
– Maya Chhabra, Strange Horizons

“Overall I have to say that Blackwood is a great debut and one that has me excited to see what Gwenda Bond will come up with next. If you’re looking for a story that brings history to life and then puts a supernatural spin on it, a story that will keep you gripped and make you desperate to uncover the mystery then look no further.”
– Feeling Fictional

“I enjoyed Blackwood because it had a brilliant lead character and some unique and interesting ideas which kept me guessing throughout the book.”
– The Overflowing Library

“I really enjoyed this book, it incorporated the legend of the Lost Colony well into a contemporary setting blending the past with the present cleverly. The way the plot twists and turns keeps the book exciting from start to finish, there were a couple of moments that left me feeling completely surprised. I shall certainly be looking forward to reading whatever Gwenda Bond writes next.”
– Book Angel Booktopia

“The story does have a nicely creepy X-Files-esque vibe that is present in the entire narrative, this sets a good tone. The pacing works and the final reveal fits snuggly within the confines of the rest of the story. The author’s descriptive skills are well honed and it’s easy to picture the remote locations as the plot unfolds. If you enjoy supernatural teen dramas liked Teen Wolf or The Vampire Diaries then I think that Blackwood may be the book for you.”
– The Eloquent Page

“With two endearing and lovable main characters and a creative supernatural spin on a very real historical mystery, Blackwood is a well-crafted and intriguing paranormal explanation of the events surrounding the lost colony of Roanoke.”
– Refracted Light Reviews

“Offbeat and imaginative, Blackwood mingles past and present, dark forces with a hint of pulp SF, along with many kinds of drama – from Shakespearean revenge to an amphitheater show where the island’s legend is just an entertainment for passing tourists. Whether viewed as young adult, genre mix, or a first novel, it belongs with the year’s best.”
– Faren Miller, Locus

“Gwenda Bond’s debut novel is an intense read, perfect for YA readers who enjoy a darker kind of Fantasy. Blackwood is a perfect book for those bored with the usual paranormal aspects and want to try something new, and will be enjoyed by a wide audience because of its easily accessible themes.”
– Speculating on SpecFic

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