On his first day on the job as Royal Reporter of the land of Serendair, Charles Magnus Ven Polypheme—known as Ven—is sent by King Vandemere on a secret mission within the walls of the Gated City. The king warns Ven to take care—because once you enter the Gated City, you might never be allowed to leave. The Gated City is ruled by the powerful Raven’s Guild, and the guild is ruled by the Queen of Thieves.
Ven and his friends enter the Gated City ready for adventure. But when one friend is kidnapped and it is revealed that they are traveling in the company of the runaway daughter of the Queen of Thieves herself, their adventure turns deadly. For the ruthless Thief Queen will stop at nothing to get her daughter back….
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The Thief Queen’s Daughter
“Madame—Sharra?” Ven stammered.
The fortune-teller’s eyes seemed to cast around at each of the children. Then she looked back at Ven.
She said nothing.
Ven’s skin, already tingling, stung with nervous energy. He tried to look into the dark area behind her, but saw nothing. In the glow that radiated from her he could see the black satin symbols on the tent walls to the left and right of the opening more clearly. The one on the right closest to the door seemed familiar.
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Kimberly Austin talks with Elizabeth Haydon about her YA novel, The Thief Queen's Daughter, the sequel to The Floating Island.
Praise for The Thief Queen's Daughter:
“Haydon not only maintains the dazzling action, convincing characterizations, and vigorous world building of the first book, but also carefully paves the way for further installments in the Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme series. Another surefire winner.”—Booklist
“This first-rate novel will have wide appeal.” —School Library Journal
Little is known for sure about reclusive documentarian Elizabeth Haydon. She is an expert in dead languages and holds advanced degrees in Nain Studies from Arcana College and Lirin History from the University of Rigamarole. Her fluency in those languages has led some to speculate that she may be descended of one of those races herself. She claims to have a husband and children, but again, no one is really sure. She is currently translating and compiling the third of the recently-discovered lost journals, The Dragon’s Lair, when she is not attempting to break the world’s record for the longest braid of dental floss.
Book Sense Children's Pick, CYBIL Award