The Royal Family have been murdered, and the main suspect is the Court Mage Anciarin, who fled the scene in suspicious circumstances. However, not everyone is convinced of Anciarin's guilt. Iashar, assigned to the pursuit of the fugitive, becomes increasingly sure that there is more to the murder than he first thought. His search for the truth leads him to a forgotten history - and powerful enemies.
What price will Anciarin pay to fulfil the promise made to a dying prince?
Morag Lewis is an author and comic artist who writes and draws fantasy stories, with occasional forays into science fiction and mystery. Her book Sun Fish Moon Fish won the Wishing Shelf Gold Award in 2012, and her short stories and comics have been commended in competitions such as the Yeovil Literary Prize and the Aeon Award. She is part of Sweatdrop Studios, a UK-based comic collaborative and independent publisher which has been producing comics for more than 15 years. She loves telling stories with and without pictures, and finds worldbuilding enormous fun as well as very distracting. More from her, including updates on her current comic, Nobody's Library, can be found at her website, toothycat.net.
This book recently won the GOLD in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. Here's what the readers thought:
COVER - All 15 of the readers loved the cover. Very dark and full of promise!
Layout - The readers were overwhelmed by how much work must have been put into this book. They loved all the illustrations and found it to be a very refreshing and fun read.
Style - The kids found the story to be very easy to follow with lots of interesting characters particularly Iashar. Basically, the kids in the schools were fighting over this book. The teachers found it was particularly enjoyed by boys, many of whom were not very good readers. With so many illustrations and with the text being so short, it did not put the boys off.
'Superbly presented and full of interesting and 'jump off the page' characters, this book will get any teenager to start reading.' The Wishing Shelf Awards