Nate Wildenstern's brother has been killed, and the finger is pointed at him...After nearly two years, eighteen-year-old Nate returns home to the family empire ruled by his father - the ruthless Wildenstern Patriarch. But Nate's life is soon shattered by his brother's death, and the Rules of Ascension, allowing the assassination of one male family member by another, means he's being blamed. He knows that he is not the murderer, but who is? With the aid of his troublesome sister-in-law, Daisy, and his cousin Gerald, he means to find out. But when the victims of the family's tyrannical regime choose the funeral to seek their revenge, they accidentally uncover the bodies of some ancient Wildenstern ancestors, one of whom bears a Patriarch's ring. The lives of Nate and his family are about to take a strange and horrifying turn...
- Paperback | 448 pages
- 131 x 198 x 29mm | 312g
- 17 Jan 2008
- Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Corgi Childrens
- London, United Kingdom
"Ancient Appetites illustrates a writer who is without doubt going from strength to strength. Watch this space!" -- Kieran Fanning Inis "Combines the rich details of a 19th-century novel with science fiction ... Impressively imagined ... A well plotted and absorbing story" -- Niall MacMonagle The Irish Times "Nate is an interesting character for readers to champion, and there are plenty of imaginative contraptions and detail for readers to enjoy" Write Away! "The talent of Oisin McGann's writing becomes all too apparent when both the leading and supporting characters are as distinctive and convincing as one another" -- John Lloyd Waterstones.com "One is well and truly hooked. Unexpected plot twists fill the pages" Through the Looking Glass
About Oisin McGann
Born in Dublin in 1973, Oisin spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth. Unable to conceive of a way to make a living from writing fiction, he decided to fund his dreams of being an author by working as an illustrator (yes, he was that naive). He signed up for a design and print foundation course and then studied animation at Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design. Setting up as a freelance illustrator/artist, he then took up a position at Fred Wolf Films, working on the animated series of Zorro. After completing his contract, he decided to expand his horizons and left for London to seek his fortune. He found gainful employment as a security guard, watching over trains and then hospitals. Following three and a half years of working in advertising he became increasingly concerned for his immortal soul. He returned to Ireland much as he had left - with no job, no home and some meagre savings. Ever the optimist, he now works once more as a freelance illustrator and mercenary artist by day and escapist writer by night. He hopes one day to have a decent job, with a pension, a health plan and paid annual holidays.