The Island

October 12th, 1999 • Posted in Library, Novels |

Published by Bantam Spectra/Allison & Busby


USA (trade paperback)

UK (hardback)

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also available on Ibooks for Apple

There are two different Audio book versions, hence two links per site:

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the-island-ukKel Boon was once an agent of the land’s most secret organisation, tracking and eliminating the Strangers from beyond Noreela.  But then one horrifying encounter left his superior officer–and lover–dead, along with many innocents.  Kel has been running ever since, hiding out as a simple wood-carver in the fishing village of Pavmouth Breaks.  When when a mysterious island appears during a cataclysmic storm, sending tidal waves to smash the village, his training tells him to expect the worst.  How can he warn the surviving villagers that the visitors may not be the peace-loving pilgrims they claim to be?  That this might be the invasion he has long feared … and that he may be Noreela’s last chance?


” .. gripping adventure … (a) solidly constructed tale.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“this stand-alone story is a pulsepounding adventure with visceral thrills and Lebbon’s signature moral ambiguity.” – Booklist

“a uniquely terrifying horror fantasy that contrasts the homey comforts of a small seaport town with horrors that come from the realm of nightmares. A tandout choice for most dark fantasy readers.” – Library Journal

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20 comments on “The Island”

  1. Ken H. says:

    I recently read Delolation and loved it. It was so different then what I usually read from Leisure books. I’m going to read the FAce next. Do you have any other books coming out from Leisure Books. Hope so. That Hellboy Novel looks good. Take care, Ken.

  2. Tim Lebbon says:

    Hi Ken … glad you liked Desolation! No plans for any more Leisure books at the moment. But Night Shade should be releasing a new horror novel from me soon called BAR NONE (check out the Forthcoming Books box on the right).

  3. Charlie says:

    just read dusk & dawn loved them

  4. I.A.M. says:

    According to Amazon Canada [at this here link] there is going to be a hard-cover version from A&B in June of this year, and only a fortnight after the tradepaper version comes out.

    Any truth to that, or is it another balls-up in their data-base?

  5. Tim Lebbon says:

    Ian, it’s true. I’ll announce it ‘properly’ on the site tomorrow, but yep, A&B are doing this one too.

  6. Kenny says:

    Asolutly loved Dusk, Dawn, and Fallen!!! cant wait to pick up a copy of The Island!!!!

  7. Tim Lebbon says:

    Thanks Kenny! So you’re the one! Please do spread the word, and let me know what you think of THE ISLAND.

  8. Kenny says:

    What do you mean im the one?? And yes i am spreading the word!! I got a couple of people interested in Dusk, just got to get them to buy it now lol!

  9. Kenny says:

    So, I was wondering if is going to get more updated for Dawn, Fallen, and The Island?

  10. Tim Lebbon says:

    Kenny, I should definitely work on that. We shall see.

  11. Kenny says:

    Hey Tim, Finally picked up a copy of The Island, had to have the local bookstore order it lol, I am having a hard time putting it down!!! Very good book!!! Cant wait to finish it

  12. Alex says:

    Is there going to be a follow up to The Island, loved it.

  13. Travis says:

    Mr. Lebbon, will there be more books in the Noreela Universe?

  14. Tim Lebbon says:

    Travis, not at the moment, unfortunately. But my new novel ECHO CITY is out now, and if you liked Noreela, you’ll love this …

  15. James says:

    I love the Noreela books….I tried to go to the website but kept getting error messages, is it no longer running?

  16. Tim Lebbon says:

    James, I’m afraid that site is no more. However …….. there will be something Noreela-related coming soon. Watch my site for details!

  17. TIm Greer says:

    Found your book Dawn in a library sale for 50 cents. Read it in 2 days. Amazing story telling!The only fault I can find is with myself in not knowing your work before hand and reading things out of order. So now off to find a copy of Dusk and every other Noreela book I can get my hands on! Well done sir!You have won a fan in me.

  18. Ken stasko says:

    Hello, read all of the noreela novels a few years back, and have occasionally checked back here to see if you have decided to pick it back up again. I absolutely loved every one of them and hope to see the series expanded again one day, you did an absolute wonderful job on those. Sorry to see the noreela site is no more, but hopefully seeing you have a following with it will make you want to revisit it again. Thank you

  19. Tim Lebbon says:

    Ken, thank you so much. I loved those books and really, really enjoyed writing them. Unfortunately I don’t write for Bantam any more, so the idea of writing more in the series for another publisher is unlikely. And with a series, if the initial books didn’t sell huge — and these didn’t — I’m not sure it’s a wise more. Maybe more novellas, though!

  20. Stabis says:

    I just picked up the island at the library but have just discovered that are books in the series before it. Can it be read as a standalone?

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