I am the Blade
Written by J.P. Buxton
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Shortlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase Award 2011.
A thrilling first part of a two book sequence from an outstanding adult writer new to children's books. Step into a journey through a land ruled by robber barons, though they call themselves lords and kings - towards a destiny - or choice - at first dimly perceived, growing stronger and more terrifying as the journey nears its climax.
Titles shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2011:
I am the Blade by J.P. Buxton
When his woodcutter guardian is viciously murdered and his home burned to the ground, Tog is running for his life. It's freezing, he's lost everything, there's a man with a knife on his tail, and all he has to survive are his wits, his fighting skills, taught to him by woodcutter guardian but never before tested, the motley travelling companions he gathers on the way, and a garbled message - the woodcutter's last, gasped words - STONE, ORCHARD, MOON. Are they clues or are they ravings of a fading mind?
'Wonderfully well-written.' Time Out
'More than just a historical novel ... It succeeds in being a novel set in the past. This is achieved by Buxton's confident control over the many subtle strokes which make up his layered narrative, and by his adroit handling of the story.' Times Literary Supplement
'Wholly compelling and very funny.' The Times
'I Am The Blade is a thrilling adventure that captures your attention and won't let go.' Write Away
'With intelligent prose, interesting references, high adventure and a love story, this should prove to be a popular and rewarding read.' School Librarian