Cadvan of Lirigon, once the most brilliant young Bard of his generation, is exiled for a terrible crime which caused the death of his lover, Ceredin, and the serious injury of his rival, Dernhil of Gent. Racked by guilt and self-contempt, he flees to a poor mining village, seeking a new life as a humble cobbler. His exile is broken when Dernhil tracks him down, with the news that the evil Cadvan unwittingly loosed on Annar, the revenant Bone Queen, is stalking Lirigon. Together the Bards must save not only the living, but also the dead. But can Dernhil forgive the injury that Cadvan caused him? And can Cadvan ever forgive himself?
Critically acclaimed fantasy author Alison Croggon returns to Pellinor with The Bone Queen, a prequel to the events described in the popular Books of Pellinor quartet. The Bone Queen tells the story of Cadvan‘s struggle for redemption, as the Dark begins its quest to destroy the Bards of Annar.
Alison Croggon's acclaimed fantasy quartet, The Books of Pellinor, has been steadily growing in popularity worldwide since the first volume was released in Australia in 2002. It has now sold more than half a million books worldwide.
The story begins with The Gift (published in the US as The Naming), which was shortlisted for two Aurealis Awards, is a CBCA Notbale Book and voted a Top Ten Teen Read of 2005 by the editors at amazon.com, and continues with The Riddle, The Crow and The Singing. Since its initial publication, it's been released in the UK, the States and Europe, where the series has received critical raves and popular acclaim.
Unbelievably fine, this book represents fantasy storytelling at its best. - VOYA, US
Rich and passionate...Supremely satisfying - Starred review, KIRKUS
It's a narrative of
beauties and terrors, craftily and compellingly wrought.
- The Bulletin, Australia
A ripping read...
Fantasy-tastic! - Herald