The Poisons of Caux: The Shepherd of Weeds (Book III)

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Back in the Kingdom of Caux after her journey to its sisterland, Ivy wakes up in a dismal orphanage alongside her friend Rue. Accompanied by a strange woman named Lumpen—who looks suspiciously like a scarecrow—the girls make their way back to Templar to plan a massive battle against the Tasters Guild, where Vidal Verjouce is making ink out of the deadly Scourge Bracken weed. Rocamadour grows darker and more dangerous with every drop.

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Overview

Back in the Kingdom of Caux after her journey to its sisterland, Ivy wakes up in a dismal orphanage alongside her friend Rue. Accompanied by a strange woman named Lumpen—who looks suspiciously like a scarecrow—the girls make their way back to Templar to plan a massive battle against the Tasters Guild, where Vidal Verjouce is making ink out of the deadly Scourge Bracken weed. Rocamadour grows darker and more dangerous with every drop.

With an army of scarecrows, a legion of birds, and her friends and uncle by her side, it's up to Ivy—the true "Shepherd of Weeds"—to wage war against the Guild, defeat her own father, and restore order to the plant world.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
The Shepherd of Weeds is the third book in "The Poisons of Caux" series. At the beginning of this installment Ivy is taken to Mrs. Mulk, an orphan minder with the plan of keeping Ivy locked up and out of the way, even though she is not an orphan. Thanks to an explosion and a desire for a drink of water, Ivy and her friend Rue are set free to try and save the world from a poisoned ink made for Ivy's father that could destroy all life and happiness. With the help of many birds, flowers, and friends made in the previous novels Ivy becomes the Shepherd of the Weeds who is prophesied to save the world and bring the good king back to Caux. With short chapters and a smattering of illustrations readers who are devoted to Ivy's story will sail through the 400 plus pages. However, with loads of characters (many with names that are somewhat similar) and conclusions of events that began in the first two books, readers will want to complete reading the previous volumes before attempting to read this third story. Without that needed background readers could become confused with the setting, characters, or conflict within this fantastical world. Reviewer: Joella Peterson
VOYA - Etienne Vallee
Ivy Manx, the "noble child" who, it is prophesied, will heal the land and free the old king, finds herself back in Caux, a prisoner of Sorel Flux. With help from her friend Rue and unlikely ally Lumpen Gorse, she escapes and is reunited with her friend Rowan and the rest of the rebels. With an army of scarecrows and birds, they march to Rocamadour to confront the growing power of Director Verjouce, Ivy's father, as the scourge bracken, a toxic and deadly weed controlled by the director, threatens to engulf the whole of Caux. Can Ivy fulfill the prophecy by defeating evil and restoring the old king, or has the scourge bracken permanently tainted her? Appelbaum's third novel continues to captivate the imagination. She weaves elements of the background seamlessly into the story, enabling the reader to focus on the fast-paced action. As in Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass (Knopf, 2000/VOYA December 2000), the main character must save the world while confronting the threats posed by her father. In this third and final installment of the Poisons of Caux series, the fortunes of the multitude of characters encountered in the first two books come to a satisfactory conclusion. Caux is a well-designed fantasy world with enough appeal to satisfy younger readers, who will wish for a fourth book. Reviewer: Etienne Vallee
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440422495
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Series: Poisons of Caux Series
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,238,431
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

SUSANNAH APPELBAUM comes from a family of doctors and philosophers, who instilled in her both an early fascination and a great deal of caution with bottles marked "Poison." The idea for The Poisons of Caux trilogy was born while she lived in an old woodcutter's cottage in the French apple country as a child: "Out of the door were ancient forests, wild boars, and new and inviting foods to taste." 
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