Richly detailed fantasy adventure set in a compelling and beautifully-drawn medieval world. CLF Notable Book, finalist in the LIANZA YA Book Awards.
Cast from the only home she remembers, Risha embarks on a journey to discover her father's past. Instead she finds her future.
Her quest leads her the length of the kingdom and reveals both allies and enemies - though recognising the difference proves far from easy. Barc the trader, war-weary Cantrel, enigmatic Muir: all prove adept at playing more than one game, at nudging Risha's steps while keeping a tight hold on their secrets. Caught up in the turbulent politics of a fractured kingdom, Risha forms unlikely allegiances - with river-runner Fenn, mute Clik and the swamp-dwelling nan-Irem. But who - or what - is Nonno, who speaks in riddles in her mind?
In her search for belonging, Risha loses one parent and gains another, risks all for the sake of a girl she's never met, and learns the hard way how to trust, when to run, when to stand and fight. Magnificent fantasy adventure story, with a romance at its heart, this book is a page-turner. This is a richly imagined fantasy adventure story, beautifully written by NZ Post Award-winning Anna Mackenzie.
Publisher: Random House New Zealand