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Ellen Renner - Author

About the Author

Ellen Renner grew up in the Ozark hills of southern Missouri and ran away to England as soon as possible.  She trained as a painter before turning her artistic hand to creative writing.  Her debut novel Castle of Cards won the 2007 Cornerstone's/Writers News WOW Factor Competition, which led her to be snapped up by her agent.  Ellen lives in Devon with her husband and young son - in a castle!

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The Drowned Ones

The Drowned Ones

Author: Ellen Renner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

The third in a gripping fantasy trilogy reminiscent of Ursula K Le Guin's Earthsea... Guardian The Storm Witch trilogy is set in a world of islands, where Elemental spirits rule and pirates known as the Drowned Ones roam the seas. At the heart of the story is thirteen-year-old Storm, who is bestowed with great, but dangerous, magical powers. In this third story, Storm knows the balance of the world is under threat. If she can't stop the Fire Witch from carrying out her deadly plan, the Fire Elemental will reign supreme. She needs the help of the Drowned Ones, but the last time she saw them, they were trying very hard to kill her... With stunning cover illustration by Jedit. Have you read the other books in the Storm Witch trilogy? Storm Witch, Under Earth

Under Earth

Under Earth

Author: Ellen Renner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

As the island's new Weather witch, Storm must sail with the fleet into dangerous waters. The Drowned Ones are out for revenge and the sea itself is treacherous. But it's Bellum Town that brings Storm her first real test. And where she learns that her magic could save her or it could be the end of everything... Another action-packed fantasy adventure as Storm discovers just how powerful she really is! Start Storm's adventure in the brilliant, Storm Witch.

Storm Witch

Storm Witch

Author: Ellen Renner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Child of Air, Water, Earth or Fire: now that she is thirteen Storm must undertake The Choosing and be claimed by one of the Elementals, which will determine her whole life's work. But for Storm, daughter of a father murdered by Water and a warrior mother claimed by Earth, there will be no easy destiny. The Elementals bestow her with a great and terrible gift. Storm-bringer. Storm-rider. Storm-queller. Storm has powers that no one, not even the island Elders, can understand. And when the Drowned Ones - a savage band of pirates who roam the seas on floating towns - attack her island, will her powers help her to save the people she loves, or is her fate to betray everything she holds dear? Soon Storm faces a decision that will change her life - and that of everyone who lives on her island - forever. A powerful new fantasy series from Ellen Renner, prize-winning author of Tribute and Castle of Shadows. Familiar themes are invigorated in this assured novel; its ethical conundrums, deft characterisation and sense of magic are reminiscent of Ursula K Le Guin's Earthsea series. - Guardian, Books of the Month A whirlwind adventure which will sweep you into its enchanted world. At its epicentre is a strong heroine in a coming of age quest that will leave you breathless. - South Wales Evening Post, Children's Book of the Week This is a strong story that had me gripped in an instant and has left me wanting for more with each and every chapter. So I can't wait for the next book - The Reader Teacher (blog) A strong start to the series which establishes the world and character and sets out Storm's dilemma. This will doubtless be a hit and I look forward to finding out how the story continues. - Book Murmuration (blog)

Outcaste

Outcaste

Author: Ellen Renner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

Zara is on a quest for revenge - but is she amongst friends, or the bitterest of enemies? Fleeing from the dangerous and powerful mage society she has betrayed, Zara has taken refuge in the Maker city of Gengst, where she knows she will face persecution and death if her identity is uncovered. She must live without magic, and even though she can finally be with the man she loves, her new life is far from the utopia she had dreamt it would be. As the Knowledge Seekers work together to build machines powerful enough to end the centuries-long war between the mages and the non-magical Makers, Zara finds her loyalties and love tested to breaking point. She must face the evil that is her heritage, uncover the truth behind the childhood tragedy that haunts her - and find the strength to believe in herself.

Tribute

Tribute

Author: Ellen Renner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2014

Betrayed by her own father, Zara has waited years for revenge, and will stop at nothing to get it What if your greatest enemy was yourself? Zara is a mage, one of the elite in a world where magic is power, and the non-magical majority are oppressed and enslaved. When her Tribute slave and best friend is killed for the crime of literacy, Zara vows revenge by spying for the rebel Knowledge Seekers. But her bravery and magical skill are tested to the limit when a hostage from the other side of the Wall arrives at her palazzo. Sensing a kindred spirit, she promises to help him - but before she can, her secret is discovered. Hunted by her own kind, she must convince the Knowledge Seekers she is really on their side. But can she convince herself? Pain, romance, defiance and revenge combine in this powerfully written - and breathtakingly envisioned - YA fantasy.

City of Thieves

City of Thieves

Author: Ellen Renner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2010

The final shock of it hit home. The Petches were thieves, and they had stolen him. Tobias is on the run. From the father who betrayed him...from the mother who couldn't comfort him...from his own desperate fear. But when he falls into the clutches of his uncle's sinister gang of thieves, his fear grows. And soon Toby realises, his nightmare has only just begun... Renner's story bristles with talent and brio, craft and polish THE TIMES on Castle of Shadows

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