The Poison Throne
by Celine Kiernan
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841498218
Date: 01 April 2010 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Uncorrected Proof Copy: Originally published by the O'Brien Press in Ireland, Celine Kiernan's début fantasy series has been snapped up by Orbit, offering the author the kind of worldwide distribution and market penetration that will be the envy of other first time authors. Essentially a medieval tale of courtly intrigue, its female teenage protagonist, Wynter Moorehawke (for whom the trilogy is named) is the role model for the target demographic - interesting publishers in other territories are selling this as YA novel. Cleverly Orbit are not limited their audience in how they are choosing to publish The Poisoned Throne and it ought, therefore, to do well in the crossover market. Due to be published in April 2010.
"Young Wynter Moorehawke returns to court with her dying father. But her old home is cloaked in fear.. Once benevolent King Jonathon is now a violent despot, terrorising his people while his son Alberon plots a coup from exile. Then darkness spreads as the King appoints Alberon's half-brother Razi as heir. Wynter must watch her friend obey his father's untenable commands, as those they love are held to ransom. And at the heart of matters lies a war machine so lethal that none dare speak of it. The kingdom would belong to its master, yet the consequences of using it are too dire to consider. But temptation has ever been the enemy of reason."