The Eyes of a King

The Eyes of a King

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Five-year-old Cassius escaped the brutal assassination of his parents, the king and queen of Malonia, and was exiled to modern-day England. Now fifteen, Cassius continues to be hidden in England under the protection of his tutor, the great Alderbaran, who's ancient prophecy says that Cassius will, one day, return and claim his rightful place on the throne.

At the same time, fifteen-year-old Leo remains in Malonia where a repressive dictatorial regime under the new king, Lucien, followed the assassination. One day Leo discovers a wonderful book in which parts of an epic story appear each day - a remarkable story that reveals the secrets of the prophecy, the assassination and how they are connected to Leo's own family history.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 2,985g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552571911
  • 9780552571913

About Catherine Banner

Catherine Banner was born in Cambridge and began writing at the age of fourteen, signing her first publishing deal shortly after sitting her final GCSE. She went on to study English at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. While working as a teacher in the north of England she began to research and write The House at the Edge of Night, her debut adult novel. She now lives in Turin, northern Italy, with her husband.
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These are the last words I will write. 'Tell me everything from the beginning,' you said. 'Explain to me why you did it.' I have. There is nothing left to tell you any more.

Leo North has spent five years remembering. He has recalled the tediousness of attending military school and the oppressiveness of living with his pious, fearful grandmother and his younger brother. He has relived the moment when everything changed.

Five years ago, Leo found a blank book in the snow and was amazed when words started to appear on the pages. Passages wove together his family's past, the history of his country, Malonia - and that of a parallel world called England, where Ryan, the heir to the Malonian throne, had been exiled following the assassination of his parents.

At the same time, Leo's narrow path took some unexpected tragic turns and the mysterious book, initially an escape, became inextricably linked to him and his world. Leo has spent five years retracing his steps and filing in the blanks of the journey he made. This is Leo's story. This is the book.

Dark intrigue, murderous uprisings and unrelenting danger: enter the world created by the astonishing imagination of Catherine Banner.
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2 16% (132)
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