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The Broken King

Written by Philip Womack

Part of the The Darkening Path Series

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LoveReading View on The Broken King

One of our Books of the Year 2014  When Simon is really annoyed with his sister Anna he summons up the Broken King from a favourite poem and asks him to take her away. Of course, he doesn’t really believe that it will happen –it’s only an old poem after all…. But then, Anna vanishes and Simon sets off on a mission to rescue her and finds himself caught up in an extraordinary and fantastical world in which it is impossible for him to predict what will happen next. Will Simon be able to get Anna back safely? A magical story full of powerful images and unexpected consequences.

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The Broken King Synopsis

'We saw your sister being taken. We know what you have to do to get her back. There are many dangers. You will find help in places you don't expect.'

When Simon's little sister is mysteriously snatched away to a dark other world, he is sent by a golden messenger on a dizzying quest to get her back. With him is Flora, whose brother has also vanished, and a strange boy who rescues them from a violent attack.

To enter the land of the Broken King, they must completes three tasks:

Eat the Shadow. Steal the Sun. Break the Air.

But how do they even begin?

And what lies in wait for them, in the land of the Broken King?

The Darkening Path trilogy is a superlatively well-written quest adventure that will keep readers on the edge of their seats from the opening page to the very last word. This is intelligent fantasy writing for young readers of the very highest order.

The Broken King Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert review, some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Benjy Randall, age 10 - 'A very good book, read if you like adventures stories with lots of magic.' Read full review >
  • Robert White, age 10 - 'I loved this book; I could never put it down. A five star read! The Broken King is a mighty action packed book filled with magical creatures of all kinds.' Read full review >
  • Emily Passmore, age 13 - 'Imaginative, interesting and just amazing, this book is a definite for anyone who has a love of fantasy. Just trust me, read it!' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'This was an exhilarating, dark adventure which kept me hooked from the first page to the last word. The creatures were terrifying and amazing. Fantastic!' Read full review >
  • Sidney Greenslade, age 10 - 'A fast-paced tale of danger, magic and adventure...I was gripped from the very first page and I can't wait to read book two in the Darkening Path series. I highly recommend this book.' Read full review >
  • Rose Heathcote, age 15 - 'FANTASTICALLY written fantasy adventure, from the day it arrived it didn't leave my hands.  It will capture your imagination from the very first page. I can’t wait for book two to be published.' Read full review >
  • Daisy Theobald, age 11 - 'I extremely enjoyed this book, it is one of my favourite books that I have ever read. It gripped me from page one.' Read full review >

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ISBN: 9781909991002
Publication date: 28/06/2014
Publisher: Troika Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781909991002
Publication date: 28th June 2014
Author: Philip Womack
Publisher: Troika Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About Philip Womack

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.  

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