The Lost Girl King
by Catherine Doyle
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Pub Date 1 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 1 Sep 2022
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ), Bloomsbury Children's Books
Step into the world of Tír na nÓg for the adventure of a lifetime...
Amy and Liam Bell have been packed off to stay at Gran's house in the wilds of Connemara for the summer. Out for a walk on the first morning of their holiday, they trace the flight of a hawk to a nearby waterfall – only to watch the bird disappear through it. Intrigued, the children follow and soon realise they've discovered the entrance to Tír na nÓg, the legendary land of eternal youth.
But they’ve been tricked. Almost immediately Liam is captured by a troop of headless horsemen who take him to Tarlock, the ruling sorcerer of Tír na nÓg, who is seeking the bones of a human child for a sinister new spell.
Packed with edge-of-your seat adventure, incredible imagination, humour and warmth, The Lost Girl King is the rare kind of story that has you reading long past lights out.
Catherine Doyle grew up beside the Atlantic Ocean in the west of Ireland. Her love of reading began with great Irish myths and legends, and fostered in her an ambition to one day write her own. She is the author of the bestselling Storm Keeper trilogy, set on the magical island of Arranmore where her grandparents grew up. The first book in the trilogy, The Storm Keeper's Island, won the Books Are My Bag Readers Award and the IBW Children's Book Award. Catherine lives in Galway.
Praise for The Storm Keeper Trilogy
‘Wise, warm and wonderful’ Eoin Colfer
‘One of the most exciting books for children that I have read in years’ Louise O’Neill
‘It’s beautifully written. The dynamic between the tweens; the way they speak is very funny. It’s really, really, lovely’ Marian Keyes
‘A thrillingly inventive adventure’ Kiran Millwood Hargrave
‘… it’s so magical and wild that it’s like being swept away by the sea’ Katherine Rundell
‘What impressed me most was Catherine’s deep and lyrical love for the island and her grandfather’ Hilary McKay
‘Irish folk mythology, heartfelt magic and suuuch good jokes - if you like your action-adventure bursting at the seams with imagination and heartfelt humour, you couldn't do better’ Ross Montgomery
‘Flickers with a rare and wonderful magic… Glows with warmth, wit and wild magic' Abi Elphinstone
‘An incredibly special and magical book! I was spellbound’ Katherine Woodfine
‘A magical rush of an adventure story about family, bravery, and harnessing the storm within that is thoughtful, funny and exciting all at the same time’ Anna James
‘Will sweep you not just off your feet, but far away across the sea to a sparkling, magical land of classic adventure’ Piers Torday
‘I read it in one sitting. Magical, funny, heartrending, terrifying – I’m on tenterhooks for the next book’ Lauren James
‘The book of the season (if not the year) has to be this beautifully written fantasy adventure.’ Irish Independent
‘A stand out novel written in the vein of Susan Cooper and Pat O’Shea’ Guardian
‘A spellbinding adventure with enormous heart, a story of family, memory, courage and sacrifice interlaced with Irish myths and legends. Oozes darkness and drama, the adventure has high stakes and the magic feels entirely real.’ Book of the Month, Editor’s Choice, The Bookseller
‘Doyle is a supremely confident writer who manages to embrace some of fantasy’s most familiar tropes while never quite letting us feel that we’ve been here before.’ Telegraph
‘A wonderful summer read…packed with detail at atmosphere’ Independent
‘Her prose has a lyrical quality, making this a magical read laced with themes of memory, legacy, loss and love.’ Evening Standard
‘Rip-roaring adventure with an endearingly resourceful hero’ Daily Mail
‘Atmospheric and uniquely modern Irish mythology for children’ BookTrust
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