In this explosive sequel to The Poison Throne, Wynter Moorehawke travels unprotected in bandit-infested mountains, searching for missing Prince Alberon. But how many of the King's enemies are lurking in these crowded shadows?
New friends. Old enemies. Who can you trust?
Set in a fantastical medieval Europe, this is the second book in a compelling trilogy of court intrigue, adventure and romance. Now, Wynter Moorehawke finds herself alone for the first time in her life, caught up in confusing formalities and politics very different to life back at court.
It seems that every tyrant or bully who has ever threatened the kingdom is sending delegates to meet with the Rebel Prince, and Wynter is increasingly nervous of Alberon's intentions.
Razi and her beloved Christopher soon make an appearance, but where friends go old enemies soon follow, and Wynter finds herself confronted with the infamous Loups-Garous. It is to Christopher's adopted people, the nomadic Merron, who she must now turn for sanctuary. But the Merron have sided with Shirken, the woman who has made it her life's work to wipe their race from the face of the earth.
What is behind the conspiracy, and is Alberon at the centre of it all?
'This is a book to be read, reread and treasured. The Crowded Shadows more than fulfils the promise of The Poison Throne, and the completed trilogy is likely to stand with the best of this genre.' Inis Magazine
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Celine Kiernan has spent the majority of her working life in the film business. Trained at the Sullivan Bluth Studios, her career as a classical feature character animator spanned over seventeen years. She spent most of her time working between Germany, Ireland and the USA.
Celine wrote her first novel at the age of eleven (it was excruciatingly bad), and hasn't stopped writing or drawing since. She has a peculiar weakness for graphic novels as, like animation, they combine the two things she loves to do the most: drawing and storytelling.
Winner Australian Publishing Association Book Design Awards, Best Designed Children's Series 2011 AU
A & U Children
15 - 18
Children's, Teenage & educational