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Rebecca Anderson was born in Uganda, raised in Ontario, went to school in New Jersey, and has spent much of her life dreaming of other worlds entirely.
As a child she immersed herself in fairy tales, mythology, and the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and E. Nesbit; later she discovered more contemporary authors like Ursula LeGuin, Patricia A. McKillip and Robin McKinley, and learned to take as much pleasure from their language as the stories they told.
Now married and the mother of three young sons, Rebecca reads to her children the classic works of fantasy and science fiction that enlivened her own childhood, and tries to bring a similar sense of humor, adventure, and timeless wonder to the novels she writes for children and young adults.
A thrilling sequel to best-selling Knife, this is a fairytale with a difference. Linden has to learn to be brave like her foster mother Knife in a fairy world which is full of danger and treachery. The Fairy Queen is dying. Everyone is anxious about what will happen after her time is over. Linden knows that she must be brave but has she the strength and courage it will take?
This is no ordinary fairytale; in fact if you're expecting fairy dust don't read this book as the last thing Knife is likely to wield is a magic wand. She's a feisty heroine but with a dark side. It's classic storytelling but with a truly original premise that will grip you to the page. There are humans at the bottom of the garden, and a glimpse inside their forbidden House convinces Knife that they have knowledge that could help her dying people. But if the human world has so much to offer, why is the fairy Queen determined to keep her people away from it? Is there a connection between the House and the fairies' loss of magic? And why is Knife so drawn to the young Paul McCormick - that strangest of creatures, a human male? So, if you looking for something different that's full of action-packed adventure or you've enjoyed reading C S Lewis, J R R Tolkien you'll love this brilliant debut. Here's a taster: 'Knife woke in a cloud of sweat, the torn edge of her wing sizzling with pain. How long had she lain unconscious? Her worst fears had come to pass: she was trapped, flightless, a prisoner. The humans had put her in a box, and now they had come to torment her.'
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