Waiting on Wednesday: Darkwater by Catherine Fisher

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

Darkwater
Catherine Fisher

Dial Books for Young Readers
Releases September 27, 2012
240 pages

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What would you sell your soul for?

Sixteen-year-old Sarah Trevelyan would give anything to regain the power and wealth her family has lost, so she makes a bargain with Azrael, Lord of Darkwater Hall. He gives her one hundred years and the means to accomplish her objective--in exchange for her soul. Fast-forward a hundred years to Tom, a fifteen-year-old boy who dreams of attending Darkwater Hall School but doesn't believe he has the talent. Until he meets a professor named Azrael, who offers him a bargain. Will Sarah be able to stop Tom from making the same mistake she did a century ago?

This is smart fantasy mixed with elements of horror from master storyteller Catherine Fisher. She says, "Darkwater Hall is an image of the power and knowledge we all desire. But what will we pay for them, and are they worth the price?"

I really loved Incarceron, but I haven't had a chance to read anything else by Catherine Fisher since then. This sounds like a great horror fantasy mixture with just the right level of creepy. Plus I was sold at the name Azrael and a bit of a time lapse element to the story. Really looking forward to this one.

Have any of you had the chance to read an advance copy of this? What did you think?