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Poisons of Caux #01: The Poisons of Caux: The Hollow Bettle (Book I)by Susannah Appelbaum
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Introducing a witty and macabre new fantasy trilogy.
There's little joy left in the kingdom of Caux: the evil King Nightshade rules with terrible tyranny and the law of the land is poison or be poisoned. Worse, eleven-year-old Ivys uncle, a famous healer, has disappeared, and Ivy sets out to find him, joined by a young taster named Rowan. But these are corrupt times, and the children—enemies of the realm—are not alone. What exactly do Ivy and Rowans pursuers want? Is it Ivys prized red bettle, which, unlike any other gemstone in Caux, appears—impossibly—to be hollow? Is it the elixir she concocted—the one with the mysterious healing powers? Or could it be Ivy herself?
Told with wry humor, The Hollow Bettle is the first installment in the Poisons of Caux trilogy, an astonishing tale of herbs and magic, tasters and poisoners.
"This bewitching first book in the Poisons of Caux trilogy introduces 11-year-old Ivy Manx, who lives with her apotheopath (healer) uncle Cecil in Caux, a once pleasant kingdom now 'a hotbed of wickedness and general mischief' run by King Nightshade; his wife, Artilla; and the sinister Vidal Verjouce. Skills once used to heal are now used to poison, and only those who can afford one of Verjouce's Guild-certified 'tasters' (who ensure food's purity) are safe. One year after the disappearance of her uncle, Ivy is forced to flee her home, pursued by agents of the Crown and the Guild, her travels taking her across Caux and revealing her fated role as her homeland's savior. Debut author Appelbaum's stylish, atmospheric prose is well matched by Taylor's warm interior illustrations (printed in green, along with the text), which offer rich, angular portraits. Caux is an enchanting, unusual setting that echoes the complexity of its heroes and villains alike. 'High above the tallest trees, you can feel the land's misfortune,' Appelbaum writes. 'You might feel it even pulling you in.' Ages 9 — 13." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
There's little joy left in the kingdom of Caux: the evil King Nightshade rules with terrible tyranny and the law of the land is poison or be poisoned. Worse, 11-year-old Ivy's uncle, a famous healer, has disappeared. Told with wry humor, this work is the first installment in a new trilogy, an astonishing tale of herbs and magic, tasters and poisoners.
About the Author
Susannah Appelbaum lives in New Yorks Hudson Valley with her husband and their two young children. This is her first novel.
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