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Oksa Pollock: the Forest of Lost Souls

Written by Anne Plichota, Wolf Cendrine

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on Oksa Pollock: the Forest of Lost Souls

Feisty Oksa Pollock, now queen of the hidden, magical kingdom of Edefia, returns for some darker adventures in which she must follow her destiny which involves facing down some fearsome demons. The forest of lost souls is not a place for the faint hearted. Luckily Oksa has great courage and also great support especially from her magical grandmother Dragomira.  Once again, Oksa's adventures are gripping and delightful.

A Piece of Passion from Stephanie Seegmuller and Daniel Seton, Pushkin Children’s Books  All around the country, Pollockmaniacs are looking forward to the second book in the phenomenal Oksa Pollock series, The Forest of Lost Souls! After an unbelievable response across the UK to The Last Hope, we’re hugely excited to be publishing this sequel, which sees Oksa and the Runaways’ incredible adventures continue. We think it’s even better than volume one—just as exciting, but with more complex relationships between the characters, more cool creatures, more magic and more terrifying enemies! The authors are coming to London again in February, to meet their UK fans in person, so keep an eye on the Oksa Pollock website for details of events.


Oksa Pollock: the Forest of Lost Souls Synopsis

This is the second instalment in the Oksa Pollock series. The last day of term—and no one is looking forward to the holidays more than Oksa, still recovering from her epic battle with Orthon McGraw.  But rest and recuperation will have to her best friend Gus has vanished without a trace.

Trapped in a nightmare. No one has ever escaped...Her powers are growing. So are the dangers Oksa Pollock has made some pretty incredible discoveries in the last few months, not least that she's the queen of the lost magical land of Edefia. As if that wasn't enough for any thirteen-year-old to be dealing with, her mother is still desperately ill after being attacked by Edefia's unscrupulous enemies, and now her best friend in the whole world, Gus, has become trapped in the Forest of Lost Souls. Entering that terrifying place is the rescue party: Oksa and a few fellow Runaways-including the moody, mysterious Tugdual. In the forest the group must all face their own personal demons, not to mention an assortment of horrific creatures, in a desperate attempt to bring Gus back alive. But even if Oksa and her group make it through the wastelands and the monsters, there are greater threats to face: betrayal, grief, and the end of the world itself. And it's only just beginning...

The Forest of Lost Souls is the second book in the phenomenal Oksa Pollock series, following on from The Last Hope. The third in the series, The Heart of Two Worlds is coming soon.

A message from the authors....

Dear Reader,
The Last Hope opened the door to the world of Oksa Pollock—a world so close to ours, yet so different. Until now, Oksa and her family and clan have managed to reconcile magic and reality, and lead ordinary lives despite their supernatural origins.
The Forest of Lost Souls takes them much further. Magic starts to play a much bigger role, the story becomes darker and more complex, as do relationships between characters, as emotions take centre stage and begin to drive the plot.
So we wish you an exciting and breath-taking reading, full of emotion, thrills and escapism, with your feet firmly on the ground, and your head far away.
Anne Plichota & Cendrine Wolf

Click here to visit the Oksa Pollock website to find out more about this feisty heroine - she also has her own facebook page.

Oksa Pollock: the Forest of Lost Souls Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids reader review panel were invited to read the first title in the series, Oska Pollock: The Last Hope.  You can read their reviews below.

  • Jennifer Bridgeman, age 9 - 'Perfect for older readers or confident younger ones, this series begins with a bang and intorduces a startling new character, Oksa Pollock. We cannot wait to read the sequel!' Read full review >
  • James Smart, age 14 - 'an awesome fast paced book that was full of mystery and magic.'  Read full review >
  • Nell Sansom, age 10 - 'I really enjoyed being plunged the fantasy world described in this book and I can’t wait to read the next one in the  series.' Read full review >
  • Abigail Smart, age 11 - 'I loved every second of reading this book. It makes you feel as if you were actually Oksa, having to make split second decisions that could change her life. This is a brilliant book, I loved it so much!' Read full review >
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 11 - 'I really liked Oksa Pollock. I loved the lunatrix and lunatrixa they were so cool! I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.' Read full review >
  • Jade Craddock - 'the story offers a good fantasy and a fun new tale.' Read full review >
  • Ellen Faulkner, age 12 - 'Oksa Pollock thrilled me and enraptured me, so much that I read it over and over again. Fabulous.' Read full review >
  • Daniel Mann, age 10 - 'A fabulous fantasy story with a girl who has amazing abilities...I would recommend this book to everyone.' Read full review >
  • Toby Moon, age 12 - 'The first instalment in a riveting new series...I would recommend Oksa Pollock to fantasy fans and to anyone who enjoys fantasy creatures, badass heroines and feisty older characters.' Read full review >

Oksa Pollock: the Forest of Lost Souls Press Reviews

'Great fun' -- Financial Times

'Fantastic' -- Guardian Children's Books

'The first title from the French children's series combines action, excitement and new worlds.' -- Natasha Harding, The Sun

'A feisty heroine, lots of sparky tricks and evil opponents could fill a gap left by the end of the Harry Potter series' -- Daily Mail

A thrilling, magical adventure ...enchanting. -- Booktrust

'An adventure that rivals the Harry Potter books' Bookseller

The French Harry Potter. -- Guardian

'Unforgettable and compelling adventures' Armadillo

'Great fantasy novel...will be a classic of the fantasy genre' Cuckoo

A fantastic novel...I loved this book...I can't wait for the next one! Whoo hoo!' -- We Sat Down

I was instantly drawn into this magical other world' -- Serendipity Reviews

'Such a great children's book, and I cannot wait for the next book to be released' Goodreads, 4/5 stars 

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ISBN: 9781782690313
Publication date: 13/02/2014
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782690313
Publication date: 13th February 2014
Author: Anne Plichota, Wolf Cendrine
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 400 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Anne Plichota, Wolf Cendrine

Anne Plichota was born in Dijon, France, and after studying Chinese language and culture spent several years living and working in Korea and China. She has had a varied career: as a Chinese teacher, a nurse’s aide, a public letter writer, and most recently a librarian. She enjoys American and Gothic literature and hearing people’s stories. She lives in Strasbourg with her teenage daughter. Cendrine Wolf was born in the Alsace region of France. She studied sports, and went on to work in the socio-cultural sector, particularly in deprived neighbourhoods. She taught herself illustration, discovering it ...

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