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Lifeblood: Darkside, Book 2

By: Tom Becker

In Darkside, "a secret borough of London filled with evil creatures," murder is an everyday occurrence. But the murder of Edwin Rafferty is different. "Of all the hundreds of corpses I've seen, only one body has ever looked the way this one did," a reporter tells Jonathan, a young man new to Darkside. "And that was James Arkel." James Arkel was a Ripper, one of Jack the Ripper's descendents, and thus in line for Darkside's throne. And Jonathan's mother had been investigating Arkel's murder when she disappeared. Can this new murder lead Jonathan to his mother before it leads the murderer to him?

ISBN: 9780545037426

JLG Release: Dec 2008


Sensitive Areas: Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: Blackmail , DNA testing , Gambling , Private detectives , Danger , Ambushes , Murder , Werewolves , Newspapers , Politics , Rules for succession , Pubs , Fire-eaters , Vampires , Disappearances , Private clubs , Pursuit , Escape , Family history , Clandestine meetings , Exclusive restaurants , Bodyguards , Illegal entry , Prisons , Art exhibits , Secret identities

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Guide, School Library Journal

School Library Journal


Jonathan Starling, the smart and self-reliant teen first introduced in Darkside (Scholastic, 2008), must travel between London's familiar, modern Lightside and Darkside, where horse-drawn carriages travel under gas streetlamps and werewolves, vampires, and murderers all reside together under the rule of the descendant of Jack the Ri

Jonathan Starling, the smart and self-reliant teen first introduced in Darkside (Scholastic, 2008), must travel between London's familiar, modern Lightside and Darkside, where horse-drawn carriages travel under gas streetlamps and werewolves, vampires, and murderers all reside together under the rule of the descendant of Jack the Ripper. There he tries to solve the serial murders linked to the ensuing battle between Ripper descendants and possibly his mother's disappearance 12 years earlier. The fact that Jonathan was born of two worlds makes his travel between them less physically devastating, and aids the self-discovery aspect of the story. His mother was a reporter for a Darkside newspaper, and his father is a Lightsider who cannot risk the trauma of traveling to Darkside since he is weakened from his battle there with a vampire. The book has many fantastical characters, such as Jonathan's sidekick and protector Carnegie, a charming albeit deadly werewolf; outrageous settings like the nightclub where undead characters go to party and do battle; and plotlines that involve killers who are also painters desperate for sales. This book is totally cool, and readers who love Harry Potter, as well as fans of all things dead and undead, will flock to this fantasy/horror/thriller.
Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO

Horn Book

Modern teenager Jonathan has settled in the villainous Victorian-style London known as the Darkside. A spate of gruesome murders stands out from the usual plenitude of death because of their connection to the Darkside's leaders and the mysterious disappearance of Jonathan's mother years before. Horror lovers will thrill to this gleeful gothic blood Modern teenager Jonathan has settled in the villainous Victorian-style London known as the Darkside. A spate of gruesome murders stands out from the usual plenitude of death because of their connection to the Darkside's leaders and the mysterious disappearance of Jonathan's mother years before. Horror lovers will thrill to this gleeful gothic bloodbath.

Junior Library Guild

Having recently moved to Darkside, Jonathan feels that “a part of his soul was being fed after years of starvation.” Readers craving original fiction will feel a similar sense of satisfaction upon entering Tom Becker’s richly imagined alternate universe. In Lifeblood, Becker’s second installment in the Darkside series, readers move i Having recently moved to Darkside, Jonathan feels that “a part of his soul was being fed after years of starvation.” Readers craving original fiction will feel a similar sense of satisfaction upon entering Tom Becker’s richly imagined alternate universe. In Lifeblood, Becker’s second installment in the Darkside series, readers move into Darkside’s deepest recesses—learning its history and visiting its most dangerous and popular haunts. These include the Midnight Bar, “where patrons [down] mysterious drinks in complete darkness” and the Casino Sanguino, where card dealers wear butcher’s aprons to protect their suits from the games’ inevitable bloodshed.

Carnegie, Jonathan’s detective-cum-were-man mentor, balances Jonathan’s (and the reader’s) wide-eyed reactions to Darkside’s sights and sounds with amusingly dry commentary. (“They must really want to sell him candles,” Jonathan says of a man being “dragged by his heels” through the doorway of the Aurora Borealis Exotic Candle Shop. “That’s one way of looking at it,” Carnegie concedes. “Either that, or they really want to make him into candles.”)

A fast-paced plot keeps the pages turning, and clues addressing the series’ larger mystery—why Jonathan’s mother disappeared—will leave readers anxiously awaiting their next round-trip ticket to Darkside.

Book Details

ISBN

9780545037426

First Release

December 2008

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

288

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.6; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.3; Points: 14;

Lexile

Level 810L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Orchard

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Mild Violence

Topics

Blackmail, DNA testing, Gambling, Private detectives, Danger, Ambushes, Murder, Werewolves, Newspapers, Politics, Rules for succession, Pubs, Fire-eaters, Vampires, Disappearances, Private clubs, Pursuit, Escape, Family history, Clandestine meetings, Exclusive restaurants, Bodyguards, Illegal entry, Prisons, Art exhibits, Secret identities,

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