Darkwater

Darkwater What would you sell your soul for 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 He

  • Title: Darkwater
  • Author: Catherine Fisher
  • ISBN: 9780803738188
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What would you sell your soul for 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 He gives her one hundred years and the means to accomplish her objective in exchange for her soul Fast forward a hundred years to Tom, a fifteen year old boy who dreams of aWhat would you sell your soul for 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 He gives her one hundred years and the means to accomplish her objective in exchange for her soul 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 Until he meets a professor named Azrael, who offers him a bargain Will Sarah be able to stop Tom from making the same mistake she did a century ago This is smart fantasy mixed with elements of horror from master storyteller Catherine Fisher She says, Darkwater Hall is an image of the power and knowledge we all desire But what will we pay for them, and are they worth the price

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    About "Catherine Fisher"

    1. Catherine Fisher

      Catherine Fisher was born in Newport, Wales She graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in English and a fascination for myth and history She has worked in education and archaeology and as a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Glamorgan She is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy.Catherine is an acclaimed poet and novelist, regularly lecturing and giving readings to groups of all ages She leads sessions for teachers and librarians and is an experienced broadcaster and adjudicator She lives in Newport, Gwent.Catherine has won many awards and much critical acclaim for her work Her poetry has appeared in leading periodicals and anthologies and her volume Immrama won the WAC Young Writers Prize She won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition in 1990.Her first novel, The Conjuror s Game, was shortlisted for the Smarties Books prize and The Snow Walker s Son for the W.H.Smith Award Equally acclaimed is her quartet The Book of the Crow, a classic of fantasy fiction.The Oracle, the first volume in the Oracle trilogy, blends Egyptian and Greek elements of magic and adventure and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children s Books prize The trilogy was an international bestseller and has appeared in over twenty languages The Candleman won the Welsh Books Council s Tir Na n Og Prize and Catherine was also shortlisted for the remarkable Corbenic, a modern re inventing of the Grail legend.Her futuristic novel Incarceron was published to widespread praise in 2007, winning the Mythopoeic Society of America s Children s Fiction Award and selected by The Times as its Children s Book of the Year The sequel, Sapphique, was published in September 2008.

    323 thoughts on “Darkwater ”

    1. 2.5 stars The fantastic premise behind this book sadly does not deliver on its promise.16-year-old Sarah Trevalyn, a young girl in Victorian England, strikes an unthinkable bargain with a mysterious stranger named Azrael: one hundred years of wealth and property in exchange for her everlasting soul. Years later, she gets involved when a boy named Tom begins a journey down the same path.What I liked:-- The basic outline for this story is fascinating.-- Some of the descriptions were quite lovely.- [...]


    2. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Catherine Fisher never fails! This story had me entranced from the first page. I fell in love with Sarah and her story and even fell for Azrael, as strange of a creature as he may be. Catherine Fisher is always able to create such a beautifully mysterious world filled with even more mysterious creatures and wonders. She answers just enough questions while leaving you hanging and wondering and thinking at the same time. I love you, Catherine Fisher! I'd [...]


    3. What really impressed me about this book was the richness of the story world and depth of character in such a short length, compounded by the fact that it's really two stories--the story of Sarah, then the story of Tom (and his brother Simon) 100 years later. The book is filled with imagery and interesting characters. And symbolism seemed to be all over the place.What fell short for me was the ending. There were too many things left unexplained. I am fine with ambiguity, but there were flat-out [...]


    4. Catherine Fisher on top form, technically, gives us a story about a bargain for a teenaged girl's soul. Inspired by Dr. Faustus and the alchemical quest to create gold from base metal, this story's primary strength is its characters. They are flawed, sympathetic, real. Indeed I think this is Fisher's great strength as a writer; her protagonists are completely convincing human beings. (Fisher has used all sorts of mythic and religious inspirations; classical Greek, ancient Egyptian, Celtic, Arthu [...]


    5. I thought the book had a good premise. 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. 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. While the story has a small amount of action and some intrigue. I really wanted more background to the characters who [...]


    6. I've read several books by Catherine Fisher, including the Relic Master series and the Incarceron duology. I've had mixed reactions to her writing in the past. Generally, I have wanted to like them and loved the set up of place and character and world and so on, but felt like the end of the series tended to not fulfill my expectations. Darkwater is a self-contained book, which I think helped it. We start in the 19th century with Sarah Trevelyn, last of the fallen Trevelyns, once lords of the man [...]


    7. Whatever else may be said about this book it is amazingly well written. The scenery and tone is kept well through out the book. However, I feel this book finished without anything actually happening. The story is dark, that much is obviously by the cover art, yet the author manages to to keep the tone of the writing dark without condemning the characters and reader to an overly dark and depressing world. There is little to no light relief which parts could have benefited from. The book is a quic [...]


    8. I think the fact that I put this book down for two weeks and didn't feel compelled to pick it up again says everything. Catherine Fisher is a great stylist and creates interesting worlds, but the story of Sarah and Tom just didn't do anything for me. The twist in the plot that comes near the end is too obvious: the mysterious antagonist goes from being clearly one thing to being clearly another without any intermediate hinting around that things are not as they seem, or even any events that in h [...]


    9. The ending was a little abrupt for my taste, but I love the way Fisher takes the traditional gothic tale of the first part of the book, skews it sideways in the second half, and plays havoc with all the reader's assumptions. Azrael in particular was a fascinating character - wish there would be a sequel featuring him! And as usual with Fisher's novels, the story was chock-full of cool ideas and atmospheric imagery.



    10. Darkwater is a book about a sixteen year old girl named Sarah Trevelyan who has lost everything and is willing to do anything in order to get her family’s power and fortune back. She makes a deal with man named Azrael, Lord of Darkwater Hall. 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. The book fast forwards 100 years to a boy named Tom who wishes and dreams of attending Darkwater Hall School but he does [...]


    11. The text was good, but I'd prefer maybe some more action and suspense. The book is about a girl named Sarah. Sarah lost her home because her grandfather gambled it all away. They were very rich and practically ruled Darkwater. Sarah wanted her old life back, so she met someone named Azreal. Azreal is a devil from Hell who wants to take peoples' souls. Sarah makes a bargain with him. She says to get one hundred years to make up for all the badness they caused, in exchange for her soul. Over the o [...]


    12. A wonderful book. The story is short but so rich and engrossing with characters that are so realistically flawed and complex yet relateable. I love her books. They are familiar yet so uniquely thought out they the keep mind engaged and stimulated trying to figure out how things will develop.




    13. You know a books not for you when you're 100 pages from the end and you skip to the last chapter to find out what happens and don't even feel like you missed anything to get the ending :(


    14. Sarah Trevelyan comes from a rich family, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at her. The Trevelyans have lost their money, their family house (the rather ominously named Darkwater Hall), and their power. Now she and her father, the only Trevelyans still living, live with their former maid Martha in her tiny cottage. Sarah is desperate to get family’s estate and wealth back, so when Azrael, the new owner of Darkwater Hall, makes her a deal, she agrees: she sells her soul for the chance to ha [...]


    15. I liked the concept of this story, the idea of bargaining one's soul to get what you most desire, but past that, this book didn't live up to my expectations. The story is told in two parts, Sarah's and Tom's. 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. She makes a bargain to regain her family's wealth and us [...]


    16. I liked this book! I wish there had been more, but it was exactly the story I needed. I think the most successful aspect is the atmosphere created in the town and the school, both in past and present. The gothic setting and characters are very spooky, complimented by an interesting mystery.Sarah Trevelyan, whose grandfather lost her family's extreme fortune in a lost bet, wants nothing more than to return to her family's estate, Darkwater Hall. A hundred years later, in present day, Tom wants no [...]


    17. Sarah would give anything to regain the power and wealth her family lost, so she makes a deal with Azrael, Lord of Darkwater Hall. He gives her a chance to accomplish her objective, providing the time and the means, all in exchange for her soul. Fast-forward one hundred years to Tom, a young boy who dreams of going to Darkwater Hall School but doesn't believe he has the talent. Until he meets the new professor, Azrael, who offers him a bargain. Will Sarah somehow be able to stop Tom from making [...]


    18. 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. Even if I've heard about it before, I never really read about it.The story doesn't seem really long (still 240 pages) and I read it quickly (I'm used to read book over 300 pages) but the subject and the plot were something catchy. From the first page I was immersed in a universe, characteristic of the Victorian era and well described, illustrated [...]


    19. Here we have a story where two parts become one. In the first half of the book, we meet Sarah Trevelyan, descendent of the once-proud and wealthy Trevelyans. She has been reduced to assisting in a local school house to make ends meet for her and her ailing father. All the while, the spectre of her family's former glory, Darkwater Hall, looms over her. Sarah would give just about anything to get her family's honor back. One day, she meets the new lord of Darkwater Hall, Lord Azrael, who offers he [...]


    20. Welsh fantasist extraordinaire Catherine Fisher takes on the familiar tale of someone who sells their soul and regrets it. But she does it in her own style, leading to an ending most readers won't expect unless they're really up on their mythology and/or folklore.The young girl who sells her soul is Sarah Trevelyan, the last of the once-proud Trevelyan family. I take that back; they're still proud, they've just lost everything. But she sells her soul to regain Darkwater Hall from its new lord, g [...]


    21. This book is likely to grab the reader's attention from the very beginning. Dialogue is well done and the action keeps a relatively steady pace. The story is particularly interesting to me because it does a great service in revealing the downfalls of ignorance, pride, and greed. The manner in which Catherine delivers this message/theme causes the reader to feel simultaneous empathy and disgust towards Sarah Trevelyan, the main character.I felt that some sequences of the book left me a bit confus [...]


    22. 3.5Given my love affair with all things Welsh and considering that Incareron and Sapphique are some of the best YA stuff out there, this should be a no brainer 5 star. I even have just read Doctor Faustus for a drama class and loved it so what's not to love about a young girl who sells her soul to the Devil? So when this book came for Christmas, I eagerly put aside every other book, and put off writing that long overdue paper for my psychology class and cracked open the book. Fisher's writing is [...]


    23. Another absolutely fascinating book from Catherine Fisher. What, if anything, would you sell your soul for? Sarah, 16, is the mainstay of her family; their manor has been gambled away. When she loses her job as a slavey in the local dame school, Lord Azrael, the man who won her ancestral home from her grandfather, offers her a job in his library. But what will this job really cost her?A century later, 15-year-old Tom, from a poor family, is also offered a job at Darkwater hall - by Lord Azrael. [...]


    24. The story felt too rushed--if I'd gotten to know the characters better, I might have been able to sympathize with them. Actually, the book was only about 200 pages. It really could have been expanded into more than 300. I would have liked Simon/Tom's relationship to be more dynamic. There was so much potential there: these two boys are twins, but one of them is dead-or is he. What was Tom's childhood like as he grew up talking to a ghost? Was it lonely? Did it give him different perspective on l [...]


    25. Sarah Trevelyan is a prideful young woman whose family has fallen far from their privileged background. Now she must live off the charity of others in a small home as a tenant and struggle to feed her ailing father. Azrael , the current owner of her family’s former estate Darkwater Hall comes to visit and gives Sarah a job in his library at Darkwater. When he offers her the hall in exchange for her soul a desperate Sarah agrees. Flash forward to the present and Tom, a 15 year old has been bull [...]


    26. I think Catherine Fisher actually cannot write anything bad -- she is endlessly creative, especially when coming up with interesting twists on old stories, as here. Plus, she creates really involving characters and settings.I adored this book even though -- (or maybe because?) -- I did not immediately love the heroine, Sarah. She is -- at first -- quite unsympathetic, though you have to feel for her despite this. Her circumstances are so awful, it's no wonder she's rather awful herself!I also lo [...]


    27. This book should have been longer.Seriously, though - it had such great ideas, and really interesting things going on, interesting characters with interesting backstories, and it could have been explained and explored so much more thoroughly, but it just wasn't? It instead decided to cut its length and, alright, maybe I'm a little biased because I do generally prefer longer books, but I really do think that this really would have worked out a lot better had it been a couple hundred pages longer. [...]


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