|By (author):||Slade, Arthur|
|Subject:||JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General|
|JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14 Canadian|
|JUVENILE FICTION / General|
|Size:||8.50in x 5.50in x 0.97in|
|From The Publisher*|
The world of Irthra has been ruled by Queen Servilia for over a thousand years. She uses magic to control every aspect of her subjects' lives. The source of the queen's magic is red dust mined from the ground. But the dust mines are running low, and her grip on power is slowly weakening.
In Village Twenty-One, a young girl named Fen has had her hand cut off as punishment for theft-she has broken one of the queen's laws. But one morning Fen awakens to find that she has turned crimson and that her hair is now red. It's a sign that she's becoming a wild magic-one of the rare individuals who is invested with magic of her own. For Fen, this is surely a death sentence.
Fen flees, only to find that her village has been burned by the queen, her mother murdered and her sister imprisoned. Fen must save her sister but has no means to do so. The magic in her blood seems only to be slowly growing a new, wooden hand. A hand that can grow vines, but not conquer queendoms.
With the help of another wild magic named Ithak, Fen is taken to a secret place and given the choice to help raise Mansren, the most powerful wild magic of all time, from his prison. Mansren was never human; he is a creature of pure magic, and he is the only power strong enough to take on the queen. But will his own rule be something much worse?
|Review Quote*||"Moves with the pace and unpredictability of a wildfire. . . . gritty and visceral and full of surprises. Readers will be swept away."|