THE POISON THRONE

Written by and Illustrated by
Celine Kiernan
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Illustrated by
Finbarr O'Connor
The Poison Throne

A Friend. A Father. A Kingdom. Which one would you sacrifice?

A gothic tale of intrigue, adventure and romance which draws the reader in from the very first sentence and doesn't loosen its grip until the last.

Awards
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Reading Association of Ireland Award - 2009

Winner

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Irish Book Awards: DAA Irish Children's Book of the Year - 2009

Short-listed

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Irish Book Awards: IES Newcomer of the Year - 2009

Short-listed

White Ravens - 2009

Short-listed

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Paperback:
480 pages
Size:
196x130 mm
ISBN:
9781847171702

Also available as an Electronic Book (ePub)

ISBN:
9781847175502

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A Friend. A Father. A Kingdom. Which one would you sacrifice?

This compelling trilogy of court intrigue, adventure and romance is a winning combination of imagination, powerful storytelling and magnificent characters.

Fifteen-year-old Wynter Moorehawke returns home after a five-year sojourn in the bleak Northlands. All has changed in her absence. Wynter is forced to make a terrible choice: stay and bow to the King’s will, or abandon her ailing father and join her friend Razi and the mysterious Christopher Garron in their efforts to restore the fragile kingdom to its former stability. But this changed kingdom is a dangerous place, where all resistance is brutally suppressed and the trio constantly risk assassination, torture or imprisonment.

Atmospheric and intriguing, evokes an enchanting and convincing other world – love, treachery, jealousy, tenderness, war, wisdom and court life are all vividly depicted.

Set in a fantastical medieval Europe, The Poison Throne is a gothic tale of intrigue, adventure and romance which draws the reader in from the very first sentence and doesn't loosen its grip until the last.

Celine Kiernan is an Irish author of fantasy novels for young adults. She is best known for The Moorehawke Trilogy. Her fourth book, Into the Grey, won both the CBI Book of the Year Award and the CBI Children's Choice Award in 2012. It won the 2013 Readers' Association of Ireland Award for best book. Born and raised in Dublin, she now lives in Virginia, Co. Cavan.

fiercely political and actually, just fiercely written in general

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Kiernan has a great sense of theatricality at her fingertips: the story unfolds and is revealed at exactly the most climatic moment . . . Kiernan is masterly in her storytelling.

Inis Magazine, Winter 2008

Teen novel that will baroque your world ... all the ingredients of an international bestseller ... the writing is extraordinary ... recommended for both teen and adult readers

Irish Independent

'power of the writing, the concentration and the wonderful attention to detail.'

Sunday Independent

'much-acclaimed first book in the Moorehawk trilogy.'

Sunday Tribune

'an impressive stylish debut.'

Irish Independent

'one of the strongest emerging authors in Ireland.'

The Clare Champion

Robert Dunbar’s Top 30 Children’s books of 2008 'An excellent historical fantasy.'

The Irish Times

'beautifully written ... Celine Kiernan is a superb writer ... Atmosphere oozes from every page'

Books Ireland

‘This is marvellous, vivid writing, and storytelling at its absolute best. It reminded me of the first time I read Philip Pullman - I was utterly engrossed’

Roddy Doyle

'Striking debut novel, a fascinating historical fantasy characterized by vivid, colourful writing.'

The Irish Times

'Well-delivered messages of friendship, familial love and tolerance.'

Sunday Business Post

'The narrator’s voice is strong and the writing stylish. An excellent story from a debut Irish author'

CBI’s Bookfest, Recommended Reading Guide

‘a spectacular fantasy by a prolific, creative and multi-talented artist and author’

The Anglo Celt

‘Do you remember that sensation of growing incredulity as you read on through a manuscript? I mean that feeling of absolute happiness that an editor experiences when she realises she is not reading a few rough pages from a would-be writer, but the polishe

Claudia Casanova, Grupo Planeta, Spain

‘I was amazed to find such excellence of style and plot from a debut author. I couldn’t stop reading the story until I was finished, and was left dying for more’

Antonena Gall, AST, Russia’s largest publisher

'engages her readers in a carefully-realised semi-fantastical adventure fraught with familial and political tensions and a graphic violence that is never gratuitous but more a release of the emotional tensions generated by the novel’s main themes'

Sunday Independent

'The beginning of what promises to be a powerful trilogy with YA crossover appeal, this epic starts strong and doesn't falter one iota, ending with a cliffhanger that will leave readers demanding more.'

Publisher's Weekly

'Atmospheric, complex, and intense'

Publisher's Weekly

'Told with great assurance and attention to detail, this is an exciting fast-paced story - very much anchored in the fears, loyalties and vulnerabilities of its sympathetically drawn characters. It makes for an absorbing read - Kiernan's plotting keeps th

SFX Magazine

' Kiernan will stun you with her debut novel, as her extraordinarily drawn characters invite themselves into your head for a nice visit. With deep societal intrigue and political machinations at the fore, her investment in the "what if" of medieval Europe

RT Books Review

‘This is marvellous, vivid writing, and storytelling at its absolute best. It reminded me of the first time I read Philip Pullman - I was utterly engrossed’

Roddy Doyle

'Kiernan has a great sense of theatricality at her fingertips: the story unfolds and is revealed at exactly the most climatic moment . . . Kiernan is masterly in her storytelling.'

INIS Magazine, Winter 2008

'power of the writing, the concentration and the wonderful attention to detail.'

Sunday Independent

Robert Dunbar’s Top 30 Children’s books of 2008 'An excellent historical fantasy.'

The Irish Times

'one of the strongest emerging authors in Ireland.'

The Clare Champion

'an impressive stylish debut.'

Irish Independent

'much-acclaimed first book in the Moorehawk trilogy.'

Sunday Tribune

'beautifully written ... Celine Kiernan is a superb writer ... Atmosphere oozes from every page'

Books Ireland

'The first volume of this suspenseful trilogy encompasses both romance and political adventure. Set in a medieval Europe with some fantasy elements, it races the reader along at breath-taking speed and doesn’t release its grip until the very last page.'

White Ravens 2009

'A meaty read for young adults to get stuck into over the summer holidays, this has mystery, malevolence and romance – something for everyone'

Evening Echo

'Atmospheric, complex, and intense'

Publisher's Weekly

'The beginning of what promises to be a powerful trilogy with YA crossover appeal, this epic starts strong and doesn't falter one iota, ending with a cliffhanger that will leave readers demanding more.'

Publisher's Weekly

'Told with great assurance and attention to detail, this is an exciting fast-paced story - very much anchored in the fears, loyalties and vulnerabilities of its sympathetically drawn characters. It makes for an absorbing read - Kiernan's plotting keeps th

SFX

'The Poisoned Throne is a slowly building, character driven piece - one set to surprise a lot of readers by the sheer force of its storytelling and the promise of its scope. I for one am looking forward to the next two novels, which I understand will expa

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Reader Reviews


The Poison Throne' is a great book because the descriptions are fascinating and the characters are very well prepared. You don't know everything about them or their feelings (except Winter) and that is what gives the book a touch of mystery and attracti

Celia on 12th August 2010

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World ex Australia/New Zealand, ex French and Russian

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Australia,
Danish,
Dutch,
England,
Estonian,
French,
German,
New Zealand,
Polish,
Russian,
Spanish,
Turkish,
United States

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