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Publication date1st October 2012
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Lance of Truth
Part of the 'Pendragon Legacy' Series
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Selected by Julia Eccleshare:
The quest for Camelot's survival continues in this page-turning and enchanting story of magic, dragons, knights, swords and horses. Lance of Truth is the second part in this four part Aruthian quest based adventure by Katherine Roberts. We meet Rhianna Pendragon, King Arthur's secret daughter, as she is on the hunt for the second magical light that she must collect in order to restore Arthur's soul to his body and bring him back to life.
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Lance of Truth a small number of Lovereading4kids members were lucky enough to be invited to review the first in the series Sword of Light. Click here to visit the book page and find out what they thought.
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SynopsisLance of Truth by Katherine Roberts
Rhianna Pendragon, has faced mortal danger, ice-breathing dragons and dark magic to win Excalibur, the Sword of Light. But the sword is just one of four magical Lights that she must find to restore Arthur's soul to his body and bring him back to life. Now Rhianna must head into the wilds of the North, to find the second Light, the Lance of Truth, before her evil cousin Mordred claims it. But Mordred is holding her mother Guinevere captive - can Rhianna stay true to her quest for the Lights and save the mother she's never known, before Mordred wreaks his terrible revenge?
There is magic at work here as strong as Merlin's. Mary Hoffman, author of David.
It's fantastic, so accessible - I loved it! The Bookette
A cracking page-turning adventure - Utterly gripping. Lovereading4kids.co.uk
This is a novel about friendship, courage and is perfectly aimed at a 10+ market. The British Fantasy Society
About The Author
Katherine Roberts was born in Torquay, UK, in 1962 and spent her childhood in Devon and Cornwall. She graduated with a First in Mathematics from Bath University, since when she has worked with computers, racehorses, and in a pet shop. After separating from her husband in early 2005, Katherine now lives in Paignton near the school
she attended as a child.
Her debut novel Song Quest was published in 1999 and won the Branford Boase Award for an outstanding first novel for children. Her other novels include Spell Fall, Dark Quetzal and I Am The Great Horse. the Enchorium Sequence and the Seven Wonders of the World series.
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