The Alienest meets Dracula in this gripping, gothic-horror thriller from young UK phenomenon Chris Wooding. Thaniel, just seventeen, is a wych-hunter. He must track down the fearful creatures that lurk in the Old Quarter of London. While hunting, he first encounters Alaizabel Cray. Alaizabel is possessed by an entity that has turned her into a strange and unearthly magnet, attracting evil and drawing horrors from ever dark corner. Thaniel must discover its cause and free her of this evil.
"Wooding delivers characters to care about, including strong-willed and capable women; deliciously scary bogeys drawn from world legend and lore; and philosophical underpinnings suggesting an imagination heavily steeped in Tolkien and Pullman." -Booklist, August 1, 2004 STARRED REVIEW