The Absolute Book (Hardback)Elizabeth Knox (author)
Sinister forces are massing in the bucolic English countryside in Knox’s electrifying contemporary fantasy, which features talking ravens, giant crocodiles and the search for the all-important titular volume.
Taryn Cornick barely remembers the family library. Since her sister was murdered, she's forgotten so much.
Now it's all coming back. The fire. The thief. The scroll box. People are asking questions about the library. Questions that might relate to her sister's murder.
And something called The Absolute Book.
A book in which secrets are written - and which everyone believes only she can find. They insist Taryn be the hunter. But she knows the truth.
She is the hunted ...
The Absolute Book is a tale of sisters, ancient blood, a forgotten library, murder, revenge and a book that might just have the answer to everything.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 640
Weight: 852 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 42 mm
'An INSTANT CLASSIC, a work to rank alongside other modern masterpieces of fantasy such as Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series or Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Everything fantasy should be: original, magical, well read, compelling' - The Guardian
'Intricately plotted and gorgeously written, The Absolute Book has something for everyone: the search for a mysterious book, talking ravens, police detectives and academics, gods and demons, a giant saltwater crocodile, the bucolic English countryside and magical gates to hidden worlds. Here is a cinematic tale that is by turns dark and dreamlike, yet ultimately hopeful' - Deborah Harkness
'An angelic book, an apocalyptic book, an astounding book' - Francis Spufford
'Gorgeous. The payoffs and reveals are mind-blowing' - Laini Taylor
'A marvellous argument for stories. There are Norse gods, references to Merlin, a tour through purgatory and a strange parallel world where magic is real and humans are bit players in the clash of supernatural realms. Bewitching' - The Times
'Gripping and hugely ambitious, the broad narrative flood sweeps us on to an extraordinary conclusion' - The Daily Mail
'A bibliophile's daydream' - Scotland on Sunday
'A propulsive parallel-worlds fantasy epic about the power of stories and storytelling' - The Guardian
'Contains multitudes, spanning the geographies of Canada, Britain and New Zealand; the cosmologies of fairies, demons and angels; and the genres of thriller, domestic realism and epic fantasy. Reading the book is like holding folds of shot silk to the light, finding green flash in something that looks purple, and appreciating how thoughtfully the warp and weft embrace each other. I'm in awe of it' - The New York Times Review of Books
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