Verdigris Deep

Verdigris Deep

by Frances Hardinge


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Verdigris (n.): a blue-green rust that tarnishes ageing and forgotten copper coins, altering them entirely . . .

One evening, Ryan and his friends steal some coins from a well. Soon after, strange things begin to happen. Peculiar burn marks appear on Ryan’s knuckles and light bulbs mysteriously explode. Then the well witch appears, with her fountains for eyes and gargled demands. From now on the kids who’ve stolen from her must serve her—and the wishes rotting at the bottom of her well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419728785
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 454,446
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Frances Hardinge is the winner of the 2015 Costa Book of the Year for The Lie Tree, one of just two young adult novels to win this major UK literary prize. She is the author of several books for children, including Cuckoo Song, Fly by Night, and A Face Like Glass. She lives in England.

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Verdigris Deep 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
emitnick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The U.S. edition I read is called "Well-Witched" which goodreads hasn't listed yet. This is the story of three modern kids who, after stealing some coins from an ancient wishing-well, find themselves owing a heavy debt to the witch who dwells within it. Hardinge knows how to take a truly mundane setting - bland, blighted surburbia - and imbue it with dreadful creepiness. The kids are intriguing, especially main character Ryan, and descriptions and dialogue sparkle. Fans of Gaiman's Coraline would love this, as would fans of Edward Eager who are ready something darker.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When three friends steal some coins from a well they find themselves cursed by the spirit of the well. They are obliged to fulfil people's wishes using abilities granted to them by the well spirit. However not all wishes are what the wishers really want. The three of them find themselves dealing with their own issues as well as those of other people. Trying to get themselves out of the deal without causing more damage is a problem.It's a story with characters with problems and issues. Problems that aren't just solved by hand waving. The story unfolds well and it made me think. I also found the ending very touching. Overall this is a recommended read.
phoebesmum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Frances Hardinge has some claim to Diana Wynne Jones¿s YA crown, although it¿s early days yet, she¿s only written four books. This is possibly my least favourite of the three I¿ve so far read: there¿s a slightly uncomfortable, unpleasant edge to it. But, then again, so there is to 'Wilkins¿ Tooth', which is the DWJ this most reminds me of.
extrajoker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
first line: "For a wonderful moment Ryan thought Josh was going to make it."I discovered this book online -- at Amazon, maybe? -- months ago, and was immediately intrigued. I couldn't find it for sale anywhere locally, and I forced myself to hold off on ordering a copy until it came out in paperback. Fortunately, I was not disappointed when I finally got around to reading it. Hardinge (author of Fly by Night, which I have not yet read) creates a really engaging story, with well-balanced elements of horror and humor.This is one of my favorite creepy descriptions: "The swellings on his hand ... were white and tight like new nettle stings, but swollen as dewdrops. There was a slight slit down each, like the first narrow split in a conker shell, and the slits were fringed with tiny black hairs. With each throb, the tiny hairs fluttered." ....It kinda makes my own hands twitchy.Another quote I like for its simultaneously aching and amusing assessment of a festival in "a sad town": "Now that the pocked, brightly coloured plastic towers of the funfair came into view, Ryan thought it seemed very strange next to the rest of Ebstowe, strange and wrong. It was as if somebody had found a gentle, dignified old lady whose friends were all dead, and forced her to wear a funny hat."Hardinge's novel successfully blends themes of friendship, family, magic, morality, and the nature (and danger) of wishes. I'm sure I'll return to this book, and I look forward to more from its author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago