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G. P. Taylor
Teen Fiction TAYLOR

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From Publishers' Weekly:

PW said of this debut novel set in 18th-century England about a black-hearted vicar with plans to overthrow God, "there are enough surprises to keep readers madly turning the pages." Ages 12-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

If he can get his hands on a missing artifact, the evil vicar Obadiah Demurral is convinced that he can usurp God himself and rule the world. Rapha, a shipwrecked traveler who has journeyed from Africa to reclaim this artifact for his homeland, enlists the aid of young, homeless Thomas Barrick and his friend, the spirited Kate Coglan, to prevent Demurral from triumphing. Steeped in English folklore, Vicar Taylor's debut fantasy novel features heroes who must battle the thulak, invisible beings that fill people's minds with horrible nightmares for the rest of their lives, and choirs of seloth, flowing creatures whose piercing cries come out of the sea to take men to their deaths. There are obvious similarities to the Harry Potter books here, but this title is good enough to garner its own following and will appeal to Tolkien fans as well. Although aimed at young adult readers, it is complex enough to hold the interest of adults. Conservative Christians who are uncomfortable with Harry Potter may find this tale of good and evil more palatable. With a 250,000-copy first printing and a strong publicity campaign in the works, this British best seller will surely find an American audience. Highly recommended for all collections. [The author will appear on the Today show during the second week of May.Ed.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Obadiah Demurral
Corrupt; megalomaniac; intends to enslave God and control the universe.

Thomas Barrick
Age: 13
Can see through Demurral's pious act.

Kate Coglan
Age: 14
Thomas's friend.

Has come to England to take back a stolen icon, now in Demurral's possession.

Jacob Crane
Has a grudge against Demurral.

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