By Peter Dickinson
(Wendy Lamb Books, Paperback, 9780553376029, 512pp.)
Publication Date: May 12, 2009
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The spellbinding sequel to the prizewinning novel The Ropemaker.
Once the twenty-four most powerful magicians in the Empire pledged to use their magic only to protect the people. But the promise that bound them has now corrupted them. They have become a single, terrible entity with a limitless desire for domination. Only the Ropemaker may be able to stop them, but he has not been seen for more than two hundred years.
Into this dangerous world come Saranja, Maja, and Ribek. They seek the Ropemaker so that he might restore the ancient magic that protects their Valley. It is the task they were born to, but now it seems there is far more than the Valley at stake should they fail. . . .
★ “The complex, multilayered story includes more heady explorations of magic, joined here by thoughts on the meaning of true love. This is sure to be a hit with fans of [The Ropemaker].”—Booklist, Starred
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book for Young Adults
A USBBY-CBC Outstanding International Book
Peter Dickinson is the distinguished author of many novels for young readers and adults. His books include The Ropemaker, Eva, A Bone from a Dry Sea, Tears of the Salamander, and The Weir, a book of poems. He lives in England.
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, October 29, 2007:
"A luxuriant exploration of the nature of magic, storytelling, and love."
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2007:
"Dickinson's return to that world will delight and satisfy his fans and introduce others to an enchanting reading experience."