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Paperback Count Karlstein Book

ISBN: 0375803483

ISBN13: 9780375803482

Count Karlstein

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Now in paperback, a spooky and funny middle-grade thriller from the author of The Golden Compass.

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5 ratings

Philip Pullman takes on a new field of literature.,

Although not one of Pullman's best novels for children, Count Karlstein is a very well written, suspenseful tale that has both horror and fantasy in it. When the evil Cout Karlstein of Castle Karlstein plots to let his two nieces be killed by the legendary, frightful Zamiel the Demon Huntsman, in order to save his own soul, the two nieces find out from a caring nanny in the Castle, who will do anything to save the children. They become frightened at once. Hildi, the nanny, takes them into hiding, and leaving the children up to themselves, she hopes that they will survive the terrible night in which the Demon Huntsman will arrive. This was a funny and scary book in one, with many page turning events, a frightening climax, and characters that are brave, good, and true. Horror blends into this book perfectly, with a twist of a very good tale told with Phiip Pullman's wonderful mind.

A well-written, amusing read

Pullman knows that every book can't be a masterpiece, or hugely ambitious and complex, like His Dark Materials. As a result he gives us plenty of these shorter, less deep and lighter books that are great for a light-hearted read. This book in particular is really funny, and a little spooky at times. Another little gem from a brilliant author.


While I have not read the "His Dark Materials" series *hears audible gasps* they must have been superb,since Pullman writes this book with great gusto! Told mostly from the point of view from Hildi, and sometimes told from the point of view from others, it is nice to see how things turn out from different eyes. The book is action packed and a must-read for fans of Pullman, the comedy/horror genre, and any books in particular. While not for the very young, this book is great for children and adults!

An extremely funny book

This is one of the funniest books I've read in ages. It's based on the legend of the Wild Hunt and the Demon Huntsman. The story involves plenty of outlandish characters and hilarious incidents. The high point is the shooting match near the end where one very improbable coincidence after another is revealed. Grown-ups, don't miss out on this one. It's not just for children.


I love this book, even though it's less complicated and a little less mature than "The Golden Compass". The characters will entrice you and the Count will make your blood run cold. It was terrific, and a quick read. I found the book amusing, frightening and heart-warming.
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