Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Poison Throne by Celine Kiernan

This is this year's most exciting crossover title. A Friend. A Father. A Kingdom. Which one would you sacrifice? This compelling trilogy of court intrigue, adventure and romance is a winning combination of imagination, powerful storytelling and magnificent characters. Fifteen-year-old Wynter Moorehawke returns home after a five-year sojourn in the bleak Northlands. All has changed in her absence. Wynter is forced to make a terrible choice: stay and bow to the King's will, or abandon her ailing father and join her friend Razi and the mysterious Christopher Garron in their efforts to restore the fragile kingdom to its former stability. But this changed kingdom is a dangerous place, where all resistance is brutally suppressed and the trio constantly risk assassination, torture or imprisonment. Atmospheric and intriguing, it evokes an enchanting and convincing other world - love, treachery, jealousy, tenderness, war, wisdom and court life are all vividly depicted. Set in a fantastical medieval Europe, "The Poison Throne" is a gothic tale of intrigue, adventure and romance which draws the reader in from the very first sentence and doesn't loosen its grip until the last.

I have to admit, this book was a bit slow for me at the beginning, but once I got into it, I really loved it. Surprisingly, it sort of turned into a romance novel; well, trilogy. I can't wait to read the next installment of this series. It was very exciting to read. I really feel sympathy towards Wynter. She has to try to hide her emotions, and be strong for her father, and everyone else. And when she starts to learn to love, and feel friendship, it seems to be slipping away, and it is her challenge to try to hold on to that. It is a truely beautifully written story. The characters seem real, and Kiernan has created a totally unique and completely different world you will be sucked into. x.