Tuesday, 20 April 2010

FANTASY REVIEW: The Poison Throne - Celine Kiernan


YOUNG WYNTER MOOREHAWKE RETURNS TO COURT WITH HER DYING FATHER. BUT HER OLD HOME IS CLOAKED IN FEAR. Once benevolent King Jonathon is now a violent despot, terrorising his people while his son Alberon plots a coup from exile. Then darkness spreads as the King appoints Alberon's half-brother Razi as heir. Wynter must watch her friend obey his father's untenable commands, as those they love are held to ransom. And at the heart of matters lies a war machine so lethal that none dare speak of it. The kingdom would belong to its master, yet the consequences of using it are too dire to consider. But temptation has ever been the enemy of reason.


Politics, backstabbing and double dealing abound in Celine’s debut fantasy novel and make it a title that really will leave readers spellbound as the tale unfurls. Beautifully written with an almost cinematic descriptiveness that allows the reader to fully immerse either him or herself within the world and when you add to this that it’s a young adult title it’s a definite novel to make you pay attention. I’ll eagerly await future novels in the series as this was a great bit of fun and will intrigue adults and young readers alike.

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