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Heriot [Hardcover]

Margaret Mahy

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Book Description

July 28 2009
A legend is born. Heriot has always known that he was different with his terrifying dreams and psychic powers. Ripped from his family farm, he is forced to serve as the King's magician in the capital city of Diamond. Isolated and lonely, his only friends are the 'mad prince' Dysart and Cayley, a mysterious wild city child. But their friendship is about to be tested to the limit when chilling violence and ambition threatens to crush Diamond and its King. Heriot's psychic abilities hide a deeper power that has the strength to bring Diamond's enemies to their knees. But will he be able to control this power without becoming a monster himself? 'Margaret Mahy is outstanding in the richness of her ideas and in her great story-telling ability. She has a fresh and vivid imagination, which speaks directly to the imagination of the child and an ability to use language to increase the force of her imagery to great effect' - "Twentieth Century Children's Writers". 'The queen of children's fiction...her plots are complex, her language is both rich and precise' - "Independent on Sunday". 'A prolific and versatile writer' - "The Times". 'Few writers can match Mahy in her ability to exploit the exuberant possibilities of the playfulness of words' - "Irish Times". 'Mahy displays a deep understanding of the emotions and conflicts of growing up' - "Independent on Sunday". 'Sympathetic, unsentimental, effortlessly funny' - Jan Mark, TES.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Faber And Faber Juvenile (July 28 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571232108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571232109
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,035,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Margaret Mahy is the author of over 100 children's stories and groundbreaking novels for young adults. She has won numerous awards and prizes for her writing, including the Carnegie Medal for The Changeover and The Haunting, and the Hans Christian Anderson Award. Margaret lives in New Zealand.

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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
3.0 out of 5 stars Heriot Oct. 6 2012
By friarygirl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not as good as some of her earlier works. For example, The Tricksters and Memory, even The Changeover, are works of serious literature and should be on school reading lists. Please read them.

Heriot was entertaining, but a little clunky and hard to engage with compared with her normal ease of character definition. Still worth a read though - I got through it all, and will probably read it again some day.

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