The Crowded Shadows: Moorehawke Trilogy, Book 2
by Celine Kiernan
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841498225
Date: 02 September 2010 List Price £8.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Originally published by the O'Brien Press in Ireland, Celine Kiernan's début fantasy series, beginning with The Poisoned Throne was snapped up by Orbit, offering Kiernan 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 - interestingly publishers in other territories are selling this as YA novel. Book two The Crowded SHadows is now released this month in mass market paperback.
"Wynter Moorehawke has fled the dangers of court for bandit-infested forests, seeking exiled prince Alberon. But more than just thieves lurk in these shadows. Every tyrant and zealot who has ever threatened the kingdom is sending emissaries to meet Alberon, whose motivations seem unclear. Razi and Christopher had also set out to track Alberon, and find Wynter as enemies close in. With a savage wolf clan on their heels, they must seek sanctuary with the nomadic Merron. But this leaves them enmeshed in a net of sinister black magics and forbidden ritual. Their safety and the kingdom's future will depend on a web of alliances and hostilities. And Alberon and his war machine sit at its heart."