The Widow And The King

The Widow And The King

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This stunning book opens twelve years after the end of The Cup of the World and tells the story of Ambrose, son of Phaedra and last in the king's line, who is living exiled with his mother in the dilapidated manor of Tarceny. Ambrose's life is threatened by the hooded priest of the Undercraft, an ancestral spirit of pure evil who must end Ambrose's life in order to survive himself. And even when Ambrose is hidden within the house of the Widow of Develin, a hallowed place of learning and haven of education, the priest and his minions slowly and subtly infiltrate within, subverting the minds of those most educated and powerful and leaving Ambrose in mortal danger. This book is about the meaning of kingship, the relationship between father and son, mother and son, the importance of courage and knowledge, innocence and experience. It is a huge and marvellous read - challenging and uplifting.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 42mm | 421.85g
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552552461
  • 9780552552462
  • 908,383

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Ambrose, the son of a dead and hated king and last in his family's line, is living in exile with his mother. Sophia is the daughter of the powerful Widow of Develin. Their world is the plaything of a vengeful spirit, who draws power from the tears of a god.

Nightmare and wanton murder drive them from their homes. Together, in the wilderness, among bandits and shadows, they find what it is to endure; what it means to forgive; and what it means to be king.

A challenging and uplifting fantasy about two young people caught up in a hostile world.
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"This has one of the most compelling openings I've read . . . gripping yet dreamlike, frustrating yet marvellously suggestive"
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"This is rich and finely wrought writing, taking readers on a genuine journey of imagination" * Books for Keeps * "This has one of the most compelling openings I've read . . . gripping yet dreamlike, frustrating yet marvellously suggestive" -- Amanda Craig * The Times * "A true page-turner . . . the use of evocative language in setting powerful interplay of suspense, intrigue and action make for a fantastically readable sequel to The Cup of the World" * * "Tremendous pace . . . beautifully written" * Irish Times * "This is a novel of epic proportions, in which a richly multi-coloured medieval setting is the background for a narrative of vibrant characters and passionate political debate" -- Robert Dunbar * TES *
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About John Dickinson

John Dickinson was born in London in 1962. Educated at St Paul's School London and Trinity College Oxford, he joined the Ministry of Defence in 1985, with spells at the Cabinet Office and NATO. In 2002 he left MOD to be house-husband, touchline Dad and writer. He is also the household cook, a struggling tenor and treasurer for the parish church. John lives in Painswick, Gloucestershire.
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198 ratings
3.51 out of 5 stars
5 19% (38)
4 31% (62)
3 33% (66)
2 14% (27)
1 3% (5)
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