Synopses & Reviews
Collun is a gardener, not a fighter, but when his beloved sister, Nessa, disappears, he must do what no one else will: strap on a dagger and pursue her kidnappers.
But Nessa's disappearance is only one of many sinister events that engulf Collun, and soon he is battling an evil larger than he'd ever imagined, an evil that threatens to destroy everything he knows. All hope rests on Collun and his unlikely companions an enigmatic wizard, an aspiring bard, and a feisty young archer on a mission of her own. Their quest leads them from one seemingly insurmountable danger to another, and ultimately to the lair of a giant white wurme whose slime is acid to the touch a wurme that Collun must somehow kill if he is to rescue his sister and save his world.
"Pattou successfully knits together the diverse strands of Collun's personal cause and the history of Eirren, her mythic country....Though the ending here is satisfying, it is loose enough to pique readers' curiosity for the ongoing story." Publishers Weekly
"[A] long, earnest fantasy with a Celtic flavor....Fantasy readers will enjoy this excursion over rich if well-trodden ground." Kirkus Reviews
"Collun's adventures draw readers along from one crisis to another, while he steadily grows in knowledge and courage. Fantasy fans will find the tale intriguing and look forward to further adventures in this kingdom." School Library Journal
Collun has always been happiest working in his garden. But his peaceful life is shattered when his sister, Nessa, mysteriously disappears. He sets off to find her and soon realizes that he and his traveling companions, including the feisty young archer Breo-Saight, have become involved in something much larger and more sinister than he had imagined.
From the author of East, the story of an unlikely hero on a magical quest.
In this epic fantasy from the acclaimed author of "East," young Collun, on a quest to rescue his kidnapped sister, discovers that he is a key figure in the struggle to save the kingdom of Eirren from conquest by Medb, the Queen of Ghosts.
About the Author
is the author of East,
and the two novels in the Songs of Eirren sequence: Hero's Song
and Fire Arrow,
a Booklist Top Ten Fantasy Novel of the Year, as well as Mrs. Spitzer's Garden,
a picture book illustrated by Tricia Tusa. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.