Celine Kiernan has spent most of her working life in the film business, and her career as a feature character animator spanned over seventeen years. Born and raised in Dublin, she now lives in County Cavan with her husband and two teenage children.
Atmospheric, complex, and intense, Kiernan's debut fantasy, set in a sort of alternate 15th-century Europe, mixes vengeful ghosts and talking cats into political intrigue. Fifteen-year-old Wynter Moorehawke's return to court after five years away should be joyous, but she fears for her dearest friends, the children of insane, tyrannical King Jonathan. Crown prince Alberon is nowhere to be found, and bastard son Razi is being unwillingly groomed to replace him. The king will go to any lengths to secure his throne, even unlocking the mysteries of a horrible killing device long thought destroyed. Wynter must keep her friends and family alive as she slowly pieces together the king's secrets. The beginning of what promises to be a powerful trilogy with YA crossover appeal, this epic starts strong and doesn't falter one iota, ending with a cliffhanger that will leave readers demanding more. (Apr.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Marvellous, vivid writing, and storytelling at its absolute best .
. . I was utterly engrossed * Roddy Doyle *
Atmospheric, complex, and intense ... this epic starts strong and doesn't falter one iota, ending with a cliffhanger that will leave readers demanding more * Starred review from PUBLISHERS WEEKLY *
Vivid, colourful writing * IRISH TIMES *
Has all the ingredients of an international bestseller: political skulduggery, passion, violence, loyalty and betrayal . . . compelling, exciting and full of suspense * IRISH INDEPENDENT *