The Lion Hunter [NOOK Book]


Telemakos may have survived his capture in Afar, but his dangerous journey is far from over . . .

Twelve-year-old Telemakos—the descendant of British and Aksumite royalty—is still recovering from his ordeal as a government spy in the Afar desert, where he uncovered the traitor who spread the plague through Aksum. But before Telemakos is fully healed, tragedy strikes. For their own safety, Telemakos and his infant sister, Athena, are sent to ...
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Telemakos may have survived his capture in Afar, but his dangerous journey is far from over . . .

Twelve-year-old Telemakos—the descendant of British and Aksumite royalty—is still recovering from his ordeal as a government spy in the Afar desert, where he uncovered the traitor who spread the plague through Aksum. But before Telemakos is fully healed, tragedy strikes. For their own safety, Telemakos and his infant sister, Athena, are sent to live with Abreha, the ruler of Himyar—a longtime enemy turned ally of the Aksumites. Telemakos’s aunt Goewin, British ambassador to Aksum, warns him that Abreha is kind but dangerous. Telemakos promises he will be mindful—but he does not realize just how serious Goewin’s warnings will prove to be.

This ebook features an illustrated biography of Elizabeth Wein including rare images from the author’s personal collection.
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VOYA - Timothy Capehart
Wein returns to the world and characters of her alternative history adventures loosely based on Arthurian legends with this first book in a duology called Mark of Solomon. Now twelve, Telemakos, son of Medraut (Mordred) and an Aksumian (Ethiopian) noblewoman, is still haunted by nightmares of his ordeal related in The Sunbird (Viking, 2004/VOYA April 2004). He makes the mistake of his life when excited about the birth of his sister, he absentmindedly runs toward his father in the presence of his beloved tame lion Solomon. The cat attacks, and Telemakos ends up losing an arm. He forms a near-symbiotic relationship with his baby sister Athena and helps to heal fractures in family relationships while trying to deal with his own inner demons. Threats from an unknown source spur his parents to send him and Athena away. Unfortunately their destination does not turn out to be the safe haven for which they had hoped, and Telemakos is plunged even deeper into political intrigues. Although the only antagonists for much of the novel are Telemakos's memories, Wein does an admirable job of continuing the stories of her engaging characters. Knowledge of the first three is not necessary, but it will deepen the experience. The maps and family trees included here are quite helpful. Descriptions are vivid and situations believable, but be advised: This book is actually only one half of a novel. There is no resolution here, only set-up. Fans new and old will immediately request The Empty Kingdom, which is not due out until Spring 2008.
KLIATT - Claire Rosser
Wein has created unique and amazing stories about the Arthurian/Aksumite cycle, including The Winter Prince, A Coalition of Lions, and The Sunbird, which have been reviewed in KLIATT. The Lion Hunter begins a new story, with many of the same characters from the previous books. It is best to have read them all, although this one could be read alone, in anticipation of book two in The Mark of Solomon, The Empty Kingdom. Nearly impossible to summarize in any cohesive way, the story tells of an Ethiopian family related to Arthur of Britain. Telemakos, a youth, is the primary character in this novel. He has endured being kidnapped and tortured, and at the beginning of this story he is mauled by a lion and eventually loses his arm; he cares for his infant sister as his parents are distracted by the family's woes. Wein has created a world we can hardly imagine: Ethiopia in the ancient world, with details that bring it all to life.
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up
This lyrical and complex tale of adventure and betrayal set in sixth-century Africa continues the story of 12-year-old Telemakos, who is recovering from the mental and physical abuse he suffered as a government spy in The Sunbird (Viking, 2004). His troubles are nowhere near done-he's attacked by one of the emperor's pet lions and loses an arm. His cover may have been blown as well. He and his baby sister are sent to live with Abreha, ruler of Himyar-once the enemy of the Aksumites, now possibly an ally, but definitely not to be completely trusted, as the young prince soon learns. Much of this story is based on events in The Sunbird and earlier stories in the saga, and names, places, and relationships are sometimes difficult to understand. That said, the writing is powerful and the characters are strong and memorable. Telemakos is a fascinating character: intelligent, loving, deeply scarred, and yet almost extraordinarily brave. There's a fairly graphic description of a crucifixion midway through. This is a challenging story complete with a cliff-hanger ending. Readers who make the effort (and start with the earlier book) will be richly rewarded.
—Mara AlpertCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
A spellbinding story of great power fits into a series of intensely told tales. Wein has braided the Arthurian legend with ancient Aksum (Ethiopia). By decree of Goewin, daughter of Artos of Britain, Aksum is under quarantine to keep the plague at bay. Her nephew Telemakos, son of Medraut, has already been a spy at age 12. This part of the saga opens with a heart-pounding scene where, distracted by his new sister's birth, Telemakos is not careful around the palace lions and is grievously injured. Two of the strands that Wein weaves so expertly concern Telemakos dealing with the loss of his arm and what he suffered in The Sunbird (2004) and his struggles with his small sister, a colicky and high-strung baby who will not be comforted by any but him. The third is the political situation in Aksum, in which, to keep them safe, both children are sent to the court of a former enemy in Himyar (Yemen). Readers are plunged deep in Telemakos's heart and mind, and his fierce intelligence is set in Wein's sensuous desert landscape of gold and bronze. This volume ends with Telemakos's realization of the extent of the danger he is in and the information he lacks, and will leave readers desperate for The Empty Kingdom, which cannot come soon enough. (author's note, glossary) (Historical fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480460089
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 12/17/2013
  • Series: The Lion Hunters Novels , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 227
  • Sales rank: 765,986
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Wein

Elizabeth Wein (b. 1964) is an author of young adult novels and short stories. After growing up in New York City; England; Jamaica; and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, she attended Yale University and received her doctorate in folklore at the University of Pennsylvania. While in Philadelphia, Wein learned to ring church bells in the English style known as change ringing, and in 1991, she met her future husband, Tim, at a bell-ringers’ dinner-dance. She and Tim are also private pilots who have flown all over the world. She lives with Tim and their two children in Scotland.

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