The Sword of Red
A land of plenty where everyone was happy? Pool couldn't think of anything worse. What this place needed was a famine. Or a war.
For generations Rebels have been risking their lives over treacherous seas, razor sharp rocks and fierce currents to flee from the tyranny of Kamoria and seek refuge in the land they call Langrinia.
For generations the descendants of the surviving rebels have done all they can for those who still struggle over. For generations they have lived in peace with the Forest and its elusive people.
But now a survivor has washed up, battered and bleeding to death, insisting that he be tended by no one except the apprentice healer, Neekra. But when Neekra discovers that he is Pool, bastard son of the Supreme Lawmaker Daner of Kamoria, the most feared High Ruler of all, she needs more than her healer skills to help him lose his violent past and accept their peaceful ways. And why is he so interested in her?
Now a war with Kamoria is brewing and Pool their only hope - but whose side is he really on?
Teach him to love Neekra. Do not let him burn us.
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"Neekra's story will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout" - Samantha Evergreen, Daisy Chains
"The Sword of Red is a brilliantly realised world. Marchant's story will keep you gripped from the first page to the last." - Russell Brown, War of the Wolves
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Jackie Marchant writes fiction for younger children as well as young adult fantasy. She is the author of the award-winning Dougal Daley series of mid-grade humour books and has a new series due out soon. She lives in Greater London with her husband and energetic dog, who is always willing to accompany her on long walks in the local woods, from which much of her fantasy writing is inspired.