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A story of knights and gods, a quest that takes its characters through wild and strange landscapes, a tale of courage and loyalty in the face of terrifying opponents, The King’s Revenge brings Philip Womack’s much lauded Darkening Path trilogy to a thrilling conclusion (though for those who haven’t read the preceding books, it’s a satisfying adventure in its own right). Reunited with their sister and brother, friends Simon and Flora face one final challenge in the world of the Broken King, but it’s their most difficult yet; fail, and everything in the kingdom will die. As they set off on their quest, there’s a wonderful sense of comradeship. The world Womack creates rings with echoes of favourite myth and history, but is unique to his vision. The writing is excellent, this is children’s fantasy of the highest order.
The Darkening Path series :
The King’s Revenge, the third and final book in The Darkening Path trilogy, following The King’s Shadow (published in 2015) is the thrilling culmination of Womack’s acclaimed fantasy adventure in which friends Simon and Flora manage to rescue their sister and brother from the Broken King. Although their mission appeared to be completed with the death of the king, in a final act of revenge he has set a trap: nobody can pass between the worlds and now the worlds will decay and die. Simon and Flora face their most dangerous journey yet to reach the home of the Threefold Goddess. Their courage and loyalty will be tested to the limit as they battle with terrifying otherworldly creatures to reach her and find out what has gone wrong. Can they save all three worlds from dying and return home?
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 Darkening Path series
A darkly disconcerting high fantasy. - Imogen Russell Williams, Literary Review
Electrifying tale of portals into different magical worlds. - Susan Elkin, Independent on Sunday
Giants, dwarfs and magic all bubble in the mix. – Suzy Feay, Financial Times
Philip Womack is one of the best contemporary authors of children’s fantasy. - Philip Reeve
A cracking pace, enigmatic characters and terrifying adversaries. – Sarah Naughton
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
|Publication date:||28th May 2016|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 13+ readers|
|Genres:||Fantasy / Magical|
|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