Author(s): Sherryl Jordan
An exciting historical fantasy YA by award-winning New Zealand author Sherryl Jordan. ¿Words hold a terrible power. They can break a heart, or give it a reason to live. They can grant freedom ¿ or begin a war.¿ In a world where it is a crime to speak against injustice, a jester dares to perform a play that enrages a powerful tyrant prince. The jester¿s daughter, Giovanna, must journey into the heart of danger to turn back the terrible consequences unleashed by her father¿s words ¿ and becomes entangled in a treacherous plot to overthrow the prince. She alone holds a secret which, if made public, will end the prince¿s reign and liberate his oppressed people. But when to openly denounce him brings certain death, will Giovanna have the courage to speak out?
When Giovanna and her father Ennio run up against a representative of the tyrannical Prince Savernola, they have no idea of the far-reaching consequences of their actions. Ennio has been court jester to Duke Ubertini, ruler of Valenzio, for several years and is renowned for his witty and satirical plays. Unaware that Savernola's men are in the audience at a lush banquet, Ennio performs his latest parody - a scorching criticism of Prince Savernola - and now his and Giovanna's lives are in danger.
However, the play also contains a terrible secret about Savernola, so when he begins killing innocent people in revenge, Giovanna decides she must deliver the only copy of the play to him in the hope that this will turn back the terrible consequences of her father's words.
Of course she becomes embroiled in a plot to overthrow the prince and, with her new friend Raffaele, must escape from the resulting chaos, which includes a fight to the death in an arena of wild animals.
Jordan's thrilling fantasy set in Renaissance Italy, is bursting with drama, corruption and romance and will appeal to readers aged 13+
A new YA novel from award-winning New Zealand author Sherryl Jordan, most well-known for The Juniper Game, The Raging Quiet and Winter of Fire.
“Sherryl Jordan’s welcome return to teenage fiction has it all: romance, mystery and extreme danger as two unlikely young lovers unite to challenge princely corruption and tyranny. This sweeping tale set in the colourful but cruel walled cities of Renaissance Italy is simply irresistible. A renowned storyteller at her very best.” Tessa Duder
“A heart-racing and romantic adventure, proving yet again why master storyteller, Sherryl Jordan, is an enduring force in young adult literature.” Rachael Craw, author of the Spark trilogy
Sherryl Jordan is an award-winning New Zealand writer who has been publishing books for children and young adults for over 20 years. Her work has been translated into several languages. The Anger of Angels, her first book with Walker, is an alternate history/fantasy YA that explores the power of words.