From the Publisher
Praise for the Chronicles of the Red King series
"[H]ighly appealing . . ." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"The world is richly developed, and the magical creatures therein are both fascinating and frightening. Timoken is a noble, likable hero." --BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS
"Nimmo pulls out all the stops, creating three main characters with distinct personalities and placing them in an action-packed fantasy with drama, tension, and welcome bits of humor." --BOOKLIST
"Readers will be instantly drawn into the author's captivating and thrilling tale of magic and adventure. . . . [Nimmo] spins her magical web in this well-paced and expertly crafted tale." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
The sixteen towers of the Red Castle are no longer safe. Even with the wizards vanishing spell making it invisible to outsiders, the Red King, Timoken, his wife, Berenice and their nine children realize there is a trouble from within the castle’s walls. As a baby, Timoken’s mother placed a web from the last moon spider around him, giving him immortality and many extraordinary powers. As a child, Timoken and his sister, Zobaydan moved to Britain along with his camel, Gabar. They have kept to themselves in the northern forests, knowing that if the King of England knew of their whereabouts, he would feel threatened and start a war. But jealousies can start up anywhere. Petrello, age ten, sees the sibling rivalry that is building up. Because of their father’s powers, each child develops their own unique power at its own unique timing. Petrello is afraid he will never develop a power. Borlath, the eldest, burns objects with his touch. Amadis can talk to animals, Olga can move objects, and even Cafal changes into a were-beast. Life is idyllic until one day when the bellringer is abducted and the family’s castle is suddenly under siege. Who can they trust? Who could have stolen the seeing stone? Petrello feels helpless. What can he do to help his family and what strangeness is happening to his brother, Tolomeo? An exciting installment in the “Red King” series. The magic, the characters and the many amazing animals, like the leopards and their golden powers, make for quite a page turner. My favorite special relationship is between Gabar, the camel and the dragon, Enid Lots of adventure woven into a wonderful family tale of how important relationships can be. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan; Ages 8 to 12.