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Geomancer: In the Shadow of the Wolf Queen: Book 1

Book Synopsis

The start of an epic new fantasy trilogy from bestselling, award-winning author Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

The earth is stirring . . .

Ysolda has lived her life in the shadow of the wolf queen’s tyrannical rule but, safe in her forest haven, she has never truly felt its threat.

Until one day when a mysterious earthquake shakes the land and her older sister Hari vanishes in its wake.

Accompanied by her loyal sea hawk, Nara, Ysolda embarks on a desperate rescue mission. But when she is forced to strike a bargain with the wolf queen herself, she soon finds herself embroiled in a quest for a magic more powerful – and more dangerous – than she could ever have imagined …

From the author of The Girl of Ink and Stars, Julia and the Shark and The Mercies, the Geomancer trilogy is a new modern classic for readers young and old.

Our Review Panel says...

Set in a mythical, timeless world that is also the UK, if the map inside the front cover is to be believed, this story is a breathtaking adventure. The descriptive prose is simply wonderful; I could imagine whole scenes in my head with ease and as always, Kiran Millwood Hargrave writes beautifully. It would be hard to pigeonhole this into a genre, because whilst it is fantasy, the magic is of a natural kind and the concept of treating the natural world with respect is ever present. The Wolf Queen herself is not an out and out villain, but far more nuanced and complicated. She might be terrifying in many ways, but she is also a complex character and all the better for being so. There is something very satisfying about a villain you cannot quite get a handle on and who is so unpredictable. I loved the main character Ysolda, you feel as if you are travelling with her every step of the way. When the book ended, I was literally shocked because I had become so involved, I did not realise I was near the end. It goes without saying that I would want to read the next one.

Suitable for Upper Ks2 and beyond.

Geomancer: In the Shadow of the Wolf Queen: Book 1

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