The Tourmaline

A Princess of Roumania (Volume 2)

Paul Park

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The sequel to Park's stunning fantasy debut, A Princess of Roumania.
Teenager Miranda Popescu is at the fulcrum of a deadly political and diplomatic battle between conjurers in an alternate fantasy world where "Roumania" is a leading European power. Miranda was hidden by her aunt in our world. An American couple adopted and raised her in their quiet Massachusetts college town, but she had been translated by magic back to her own world, and is at large, five years in the future.
The mad Baroness Ceaucescu in Bucharest, and the sinister alchemist, the Elector of Ratisbon, who holds her true mother prisoner in Germany are her enemies. This is the story of how Miranda -- separated from her two best friends, Peter and Andromeda who have been left behind in the forests of an alternate America -- begins to grow into her own personality. And how Peter and Andromeda are shockingly changed in the process of making their way to Roumania to find Miranda again at the end of this book.

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Chapter One
The Hoosick River
 
All afternoon they searched the riverbank. Peter went a mile in both directions, tramping through the high reeds next to the water. At intervals he called Miranda’s name.
 
It was a bright, clear day. The reeds were golden in the winter sunlight, which dazzled him and blinded him when he stopped to catch his breath. But the light had no warmth in it. Past three, the shallow water in the hummocks and the roots were covered with a veiny skin of ice. Peter’s feet were numb inside his running shoes.

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"Complex, elusive, haunting, written in a transparent prose that slips you from one world to another with prestidigitous ease, A Princess of Roumania is a quietly and profoundly original novel.--Ursula K. Le Guin

“The premise of the novel is fascinating and the prose is lyrical.” --Romantic Times Bookclub on A Princess of Roumania

“Park’s fantasy debut, the first of a projected series, features a strong and resourceful teen heroine and an action-packed story of friendship and adversity. With strong appeal for both YA and adult readers, this belongs in most libraries.”--Library Journal on A Princess of Roumania

“Paul Park’s A Princess of Roumania will delight fantasy readers with its mix of intrigue, death and the possibility of rebirth. . . .An interesting first volume in what promises to be an exciting and thought-provoking series."--Bookpage

“Sharp characterization and an unusual historical backdrop distinguish Park’s charming leadoff to an intricate new fantasy series."--Publishers Weekly on A Princess of Roumania

"His people are alive, exasperating and exhilarating. His world is a grand creation, complex and inventive, charming and threatening, real and impossible, as our own."--Michael Swanwick on A Princess of Roumania

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PAUL PARK lives in North Adams, MA

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The Tourmaline
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James Tiptree, Jr. Award Honor List, NYPL Books for the Teen Age

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
July 2006
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466839373
ISBN10: 1466839376
352 pages
$7.99

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Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
July 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765314413
ISBN10: 076531441X
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 352 pages
$24.95
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