The Face in the Frost

The Face in the Frost

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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: 9781587541056
Publisher: Olmstead Press
Publication date: 09/01/2000
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 5.79(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 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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The Face in the Frost 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though I haven't been able to find a copy for years, 'The Face in the Frost' stays in my mind as one of the best fantasy novels I've ever read--up there with much of Vance and Zelazny. It's also, perhaps surprisingly, downright spooky in places. And funny as well. (The first sentence, more or less, is: 'Once upon a time there was a wizard named Prospero, and not the one you are thinking of, either.') If the mark of a great 'young adult' book is that it doesn't talk down & can be enjoyed by 50-year-olds as well as 15-year-olds, then this certainly qualifies.
dj_n3rd More than 1 year ago
I had read this book in Jr High and enjoyed it. It was my favorite magic based fantasy book for a while. I lost my paper copy and having recently purchased a Nook I looked it up and found a ebook copy. I enjoyed the book as much as I did before and am glad that I purchased a copy for my nook.
Biggest_Al More than 1 year ago
This is an all time fantasy great. The kind of book fantasy giants quote as an influence on thier own writing. Written gor young readrrs it is, great adult rrading too. By all means buy it and add it yo your cherished titles list.
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