From a small village in the middle of nothing; plays Skull Ball; has a grandfather who is crazy but really nice; and a father who doesn’t understand him Seife is pretty normal. But when kidnapped and made to cover for the missing prince of the realm, fooling sisters, a giant cat (who has a nasty habit of trying to eat him) and trying not to make a fool of himself at royal dinners are the least of his problems. There is this little thing about the neighboring kingdom wanting to invade them and Seife is expected to lead the army! What is a poor boy to do? The Price and the Pauper tale is turned on its head in a funny and macabre tale! — Jeanette
Acclaimed author Chris Wooding's first graphic novel -- fun fantasy-adventure with a macabre twist!
Seifer's life is about to become a royal pain. . . . As captain of the local skullball team, Seifer Tombchewer is the envy of his peers. He's fast, he's strong, and he flies circles around the competition. But Seifer's always dreamed of more--of leaving his tiny, remote village for a new life beyond the mountains.
He just never dreamed it would happen like this. Knocked unconscious and abducted, Seifer awakens in the royal palace to learn that Prince Talon Pandemonium has gone missing. And since Seifer is a ringer for Talon, it's his duty to replace the missing royal in his roles of diplomat, warrior, and Lord Defender of the Realm.
He might fool Talon's sisters. He might fool Talon's army. But Seifer has little hope of fooling Talon's enemies. . . .
Chris Wooding and debut artist Cassandra Diaz team for a classic tale of mistaken identity set against the breathtakingly original backdrop of the Darkling Realm.
Praise for Malice:
((star)) "This nail-biter will keep readers glued to the story until the very last page is turned.... Wooding has fashioned an elaborate fantasy in which the world is dark and the peril is real." - School Library Journal, starred review
"The fast-paced story line and whimsically dangerous setting will capture plenty of attention. Even more eye-catching are the interspersed sections where comic book panels replace textual narrative... making this a memorable multimedia experience." - Publishers Weekly
"What seems to be a typical horror plot takes several delicious twists as the teens learn more about their surroundings.... The creative formatting, fast pace, and classic horror elements will surely satisfy any teen who loves a good scare." - The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books