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Hidden away in the Land of the Broken King, Johnny and Anna are being held prisoner. Bravely, Simon and Flora enter the hidden kingdom to search for their missing siblings. It’s a journey that demands the greatest courage as nothing in the Land of the Broken King is exactly as it should be. In particular, it is hard to know who to trust. The result is a thrilling, fantasy adventure in which myriad possibilities are thrown up as Simon and Flora do all they can to find Johnny and Anna while also ensuring they can return to their own world. In this sequel to the highly praised The Broken King , Philip Wormack continues to entrance his readers. ~ Julia Eccleshare
The King’s Shadow, the second book in The Darkening Path trilogy, is a thrilling fantasy adventure that references ancient Greek mythology with a dash of Victorian gothic.
'You are the chosen ones from the other land who will come to seek their siblings and with the hunting horn and the sunsword tear the king’s shadow and overthrow the Broken King.’
Simon and Flora have reached the land of the Broken King in search of their siblings. But here, nothing is quite what it seems. Who can Simon and Flora trust? What does Pike, their mysterious companion, stand to gain? As rumours of war and revolution swirl around them, and as the sinister Knight of the Swan dogs their every move, the pair must confront their terrifying final task.
And if they can free their siblings, will they then be able to open the way between the worlds, and return home?
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Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first book in this series, The Broken King.
Praise for The Broken King
magical story full of powerful images and unexpected consequences Julia Eccleshare
superbly written and totally gripping Literary Review
the next JK Rowling Daily Mail
Like Alan Garner, Philip Womack takes ancient fairytales about searching for a child kidnapped by dark magic, and turns it into a haunting adventure exploring love,
courage, fear and friendship. Written with sensitivity, intelligence and conviction, it’s the kind of classic story readers can’t get enough of. – Amanda Craig
Mesmorising fantasy . . . this page-turner of a novel grips throughout and will have the reader keen to read the rest of the trilogy. – Parents in Touch
|Publication date:||7th May 2015|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Reviewed by Children|
Philip Womack was born in Chichester in the middle of a thunderstorm in 1981.He was educated at Lancing, and Oriel College, Oxford, where he read Classics and English. He lives in London. He is currently a Contributing Editor at Literary Review and writes for The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, among other papers; he is also a Fellow at First Story, currently being Writer in Residence at St Augustine's in Kilburn. He has led workshops on Greek Tragedy and How to Write Children's Fiction for the How To: Academy. Read a Q&A with the author here.More About Philip Womack