Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile when a group of rebels snatch her as she reluctantly travels home. The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kes... read full description below.
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||Children / Young Adults
||Children / Young Adults
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||Adventure and adventurers, Adventure stories, Conspiracies, Friendship, Adventure fiction
||Young Adult Fiction
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Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile when a group of rebels snatch her as she reluctantly travels home. The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not an obedient captive. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide whatand whoit is they're fighting for.
Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings
||Praise for the Ascendance Trilogy: A New York Times Notable Children's BookA Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearA Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Children's BookA Cybils Award Winner* An impressive, promising story. -- Publishers Weekly, starred review [A] pageturner. -- The New York Times Book Review Sage proves to be a compelling character whose sharp mind and shrewd self-possession will make readers eager to follow him into a sequel. -- The Wall Street Journal A swashbuckling origin story... chock-full of alluring details for adventure-loving boys. -- Los Angeles Times A fast-paced and thrilling read with twists and turns that never let up. -- School Library Journal Gripping. -- Kirkus Reviews Should appeal to fans of... Suzanne Collins... [A] surefire mix of adventure, mystery, and suspense. -- The Horn BookPraise for A Night Divided Like Anne Frank before her, Gerta is small but mighty, a hardheaded heroine who dreams up big ideas and refuses to give up in the face of adversity and danger. Nielsen (Mark of the Thief) evokes the constant unease of life in a divided Berlin through Gerta's sober narration... but the family never loses sight of the power of humility and forgiveness. -- Publishers Weekly Nielsen, best known for her fantasy novels, proves she is equally skilled at historical fiction in this solidly structured, balanced account of the origins of an infamous historical landmark... The novel's strong setting and tense climax will keep readers engrossed and holding their breath until the last page. -- School Library JournalPraise for the Mark of the Thief Trilogy: * The fast-paced, ingenious plot, charismatic hero and highly diverse cast of characters... make this series opener a captivating joy ride. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review Vivid... [with] page-turning twists. -- Publishers Weekly Fast-moving fun with broad audience appeal, especially recommended for reluctant readers, Rick Riordan fans, and pedal-to-the-metal adventure aficionados. -- Kirkus Reviews The novel's Roman mythology connections... will have great appeal for fans of Rick Riordan. Heavily plot-driven with a movie-script feel... -- BooklistPraise for The Scourge A strong, feisty main character... narrates a story that is equal parts adventure, mystery, and political intrigue. -- The Horn Book Ani's willingness to help others, a hard battle in herself as she tries to get over long-held assumptions, demonstrates effectively how emergencies can bridge distances. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Nielsen's (A Night Divided) polished fantasy smoothly combines medieval elements with hints of mystery and romance.... it delivers a significant message about how misinformation breeds intolerance. -- Publishers Weekly Nielsen provides readers with a strong, three-dimensional heroine and a plot that will keep readers guessing. -- School Library Connection The characters are well defined and memorable. Feisty Ani, a likable character who is thoughtful and strong, drives the story forward and keeps readers wanting to know more.... A solid choice for readers who enjoy tales of strong heroines set in the ever-popular dystopian genre. -- School Library Journal
Jennifer A. Nielsen is the acclaimed author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Ascendance Trilogy: The False Prince, The Runaway King, and The Shadow Throne. She also wrote the New York Times bestselling Mark of the Thief trilogy: Mark of the Thief, Rise of the Wolf, and Wrath of the Storm; the stand-alone fantasy The Scourge; the historical thriller A Night Divided; the second book in the Horizon series, Deadzone; Book Six of the Infinity Ring series, Behind Enemy Lines; and The Traitor's Game, the first book in a series of the same name. Jennifer lives in northern Utah with her husband, their three children, and a perpetually muddy dog.