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The kiss of death by Marcus Sedgwick

Publisher’s blurb

The Kiss of Death is a vampire story with a difference. It’s atmospheric and compelling, and combines an excellent writing style with an original plot. Marko and Sorrel meet in Venice for the first time. They must uncover the mystery of what has happened both to Sorrel’s father, plagued by a strange madness that prevents him from sleeping, and to Marko’s father, a doctor, who has mysteriously gone missing after travelling to Venice to help his old friend. Peter is still on the trail of the Shadow Queen. His search leads him to Venice, a city whose beauty disguises many ugly secrets. The Shadow Queen is there, gathering strength, recruiting a new army of the Undead for a final confrontation.

Further information

Marcus Sedgwick’s website

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4 comments on “The kiss of death by Marcus Sedgwick

  1. Title: The Kiss of Death
    School Name: Greenfaulds High School
    Genre: Thriller, (Fantasy)

    This story is set in 18th century Venice it starts with a boy (Marko) receiving a mysterious letter telling him information about his father (Alesandro) and details about when he went missing. He goes to meet the person who sent the letter (Sorrel). Sorrel’s father is mentally ill and the only person that can help is Marko’s father. Together they go in search for Alesandro which takes them on exciting and dangerous adventures.

    At the very beginning of the book I didn’t think that I was going to like it but as I read on I like it. There was a mini story that ran through the book that I didn’t understand as I was reading it but in the last chapter it all tied in which I thought was really clever and made me enjoy it. I would read this book again and also ones like it.

  2. A couple of weeks ago I finished reading, The Kiss of Death by Marcus Sedgwick. Overall it was a good book. It was about a boy called Marko who is looking for his father who has recently dissapeard. He mets a girl called Sorrel who’s father has dissapeard too, and they join together to look for their fathers. They try to find them in Venice, which proved unsuccessful, they tried many other places. One of the clues they get is on an island, where the local priest might know where they are. The priest ends up trying to murder them, but the priest ends up dead. Marko Sorrel start their search again, and by the end of the book, they find their fathers.
    This book should be on the Catalyst Shortlist, because it was a really good book, and it’s for both girls and boys.
    Thank you for reading,
    Emma
    St Margarets High School Airdrie

  3. In this book a boy called Marko sets out for Venice to search for his father who has disappeared. He meets a girl named Sorrel, a tramp named Peter but he is a skilled swordfighter and hunts down vampires. The adventure is very challenging and troublesome – but they make it through.
    I would thoroughly recommend this book.

  4. I read this book over the holidays and it took me a while to get into it but it started to get quite good near the middle. Its set in the eighteenth century about a boy named Marko who is looking for his father. He goes to the island of Venice and meets a girl called Sorrel. She explains that her father is ill and she needs help. Markos father is the doctor and family friend she is looking for. The two go on a hunt for Markos father, Alessandro and they come across evil men known as vampyres.
    I enjoyed this book a lot and I would definetely recommend it. 🙂
    Chloe

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