The Face in the Frost

The Face in the Frost

by John Bellairs

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Overview

A fantasy classic by the author of The House with a Clock in Its Walls —basis for the Jack Black movie—and “a writer who knows what wizardry is all about” (Ursula K. Le Guin).

 A richly imaginative story of wizards stymied by a power beyond their control, A Face in the Frost combines the thrills of a horror novel with the inventiveness of fairy tale–inspired fantasy.
 
Prospero, a tall, skinny misfit of a wizard, lives in the South Kingdom—a patchwork of feuding duchies and small manors, all loosely loyal to one figurehead king. Along with his necromancer friend Roger Bacon, who has been on a quest to find a mysterious book, Prospero must flee his home to escape ominous pursuers. Thus begins an adventure that will lead him to a grove where his old rival, Melichus, is falsely rumored to be buried and to a less-than-hospitable inn in the town of Five Dials—and ultimately into a dangerous battle with origins in a magical glass paperweight.
 
Lin Carter called The Face in the Frost one of “the best fantasy novels to appear since The Lord of the Rings. . . Absolutely first class.” With a unique blend of humor and darkness, it remains one of the most beloved tales by the Edgar Award–nominated author also known for the long-running Lewis Barnavelt series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497642416
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media LLC
Publication date: 09/30/2014
Pages: 162
Sales rank: 497,587
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

John Bellairs is beloved as a master of Gothic young adult novels and fantasies. His series about the adventures of Lewis Barnavelt and his uncle Jonathan, which includes The House with a Clock in Its Walls , is a classic. He also wrote a series of novels featuring the character Johnny Dixon. Among the titles in that series are  The Curse of the Blue FigurineThe Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt ; and The Spell of the Sorcerer’s Skull. His stand-alone novel  The Face in the Frost  is also regarded as a fantasy classic, and among his earlier works are  St. Fidgeta and Other Parodies  and  The Pedant and the Shuffly.

Bellairs was a prolific writer, publishing more than a dozen novels before his untimely death in 1991.

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