By Anne-Laure Bondoux
(Bloomsbury USA Children's Books, Hardcover, 9781582349244, 500pp.)
Publication Date: August 8, 2006
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Princess Malva--the Princetta of Galnicia--flees her kingdom and an arranged marriage, only to find herself betrayed by the very man who promised to help her. Orpheus is the son of a sea-captain-turned-pirate and is determined to make a name of his own commanding a ship in Galnicia's royal armada. But when their paths cross on the high seas, so do their destinies. Together the Princetta and Orpheus will travel to edges of the Known World and beyond . . . a journey from which only one of them will return alive. Shipwrecks, shark attacks, barbarians, and mysterious archipelagos await readers in this lavish fantasy-adventure written by one of France's most celebrated authors.
Anne-Laure Bondoux has written many books for children and adults in her native France, including the Linus Hoppe books and The People of the Rats trilogy. A former educator and journalist, she lives in Paris with her two children.