A friend. A father. A kingdom.
Which would you sacrifice?
Meet fifteen-year-old Wynter Moorehawke- Protector Lady, qualified girl apprentice in a man's trade, former King's Cat Keeper, and feisty heroine of The Moorehawke Trilogy.
Wynter returns from a fiver-year exile in the bleak Northlands to find her beloved homeland in turmoil. King Jonathan's civilised, multicultural realm is no more; the gibbets and cages have returned. Days of laughter, friendly ghosts and gossipy cats remain only in Wynter's memory- the present confronts her with power play, dark torture chambers, violent ghosts, and cats (those still alive) too scared to talk to humans. The Inquisition is a real and present danger.
Crown Prince Alberon is missing. There are murmurings of a 'Bloody Machine' of untold destructive power. And as Wynter and her friends, Prince Razi and the mysterious Christopher Garron, seek to restore stability to the fragile kingdom, risking death at every turn, Wynter is forced to make a terrible choice.
Garron, seek to restore stability to the fragile kingdom, risking death at every turn, Wynter is forced to make a terrible choice.
Set in a fantastical medieval Europe, The Poison Throne is a compelling tale of court intrigue, romance and adventure, which draws the read in from the very first sentence and doesn't' loosen its grip until the last.
'This is marvelous, vivid writing, and storytelling at its best. It reminded me of the first time I read Phillip Pullman- I was utterly engrossed.' - Roddy Doyle
Celine Kiernan was born and raised in Dublin and has spent the majority of her working life in the film business. Trained at the Sullivan Bluth Studios, her career as a classic feature character animator has spanned over seventeen years and has given her a tremendous amount of pleasure and pride. She's spent more of her time working between Germany, Ireland and the USA, but for the past ten years has been more or less settled in Ireland.
Celine is currently working on the third novel in The Moorehawke Trilogy, The Rebel Prince, and is preparing the artwork for her four-volume graphic novel, Thomas Clarke Goes to War. She lives in Country Cavan, Ireland.
The Moorehawke Trilogy has attracted great interest from publishers worldwide and is being published internationally.
The Poison Throne- Book 1: The Moorehawke Trilogy
Allen and Unwin
Author: Celine Kiernan