The Letter for the King and the Secrets of the Wild Wood Hardback Gift Set
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The Letter for the King and the Secrets of the Wild Wood Hardback Gift Set

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Multiple copy pack Published: 10/11/2016
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The Letter for the King is the thrilling story of one boy's battle against evil, set in an enchanted world of chivalry, courage and true friendship. Sixteen-year-old Tiuri must spend hours locked in a chapel in silent contemplation if he is to be knighted the next day. But, as he waits by the light of a flickering candle, he hears a knock at the door and a voice desperately asking for help. A secret letter must be delivered to King Unauwen across the Great Mountains - a letter upon which the fate of the entire kingdom depends...The Secrets of the Wild Wood sees Tiuri - now Sir Tiuri after carrying out his last perilous mission - sent into the enchanted Wild Woods in search of one of the King's knights, who has mysteriously disappeared. With his best friend and squire, Piak, he must journey into the heart of a terrifying, secret forest realm, where danger is all around and every path leads you astray...

Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
ISBN: 9781782691655
Dimensions: 200 x 148 mm


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Adventures of the classic kind await in The Secrets of the Wild Wood, the sequel to The Letter for the King, Tonke Dragt's unmissable Arthurian-inflected tale written in Dutch in 1962 and recently translated into English by Laura Watkinson. In this one, Tiuri must venture into the Wild Wood in search of a brother knight, and encounter all kinds of dangers. Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year A fantasy about a 16-year-old medieval squire who finds danger, true friendship and first love on a mission to deliver a letter that can save a kingdom. The award-winning translator Laura Watkinson conveys its rich symbolism, vividness and economy of style. -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times fluidly translated by Laura Watkinson [The Letter for the King] is an old fashioned quest story... a wonderfully simple, wonderfully gripping story. -- Melanie McDonagh Spectator Beautifully constructed... gripping, delightful and true -- Philip Womack Guardian The Letter for the King will get pulses racing... Pushkin Press deserves every praise for publishing this beautifully translated, well-presented and captivating book. -- Amanda Craig The Times A fast-moving, wonderful old-style adventure... cinematic in its visual detail... a European classic... far loftier than Harry Potter and beautifully presented in this most attractive edition. -- Eileen Battersby Irish Times This 1962 pulse-pounding epic follows Tiuri, a young knight-candidate who breaks hits sacred vigil to heed a desperate cry for help. Translated from the Dutch for the first time, this old-school quest story will keep all high-fantasy addicts riveted from the first page. Metro ...a classic quest narrative... a thoughtful and endearing hero, whose loyalty and nobility - qualities much ignored today - sustain him throughout. Dragt's illustrations are mystical and timeless. -- Philip Womack Literary Review The plot is central, and extremely gripping, but the writing also delivers lovely detail and evocative description. Guardian Kids Books The story has the quality of a legend, a tale of ancient times. Over a million copies of the book have been sold worldwide. The Letter for the King has everything. Nederlands Dagblad There ought to be a warning written on it: "Watch out: Whoever reads this book will forget everything that's happening around them!" From the first sentence, the pages turn into a cinema screen, and no director could have created more beautiful or gripping images. Die Zeit It is fascinating, captivating in the same way as Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. As well as the familiar battle between good and evil, we are presented with a discovery of true chivalry. Schager Courant This fabulous knightly adventure... deserves a place in anyone's suitcase. De Volkskrant Gripping from its opening moment onwards, this award-winning book doesn't miss a beat from its thrilling beginning to its satisfying ending. -- Julia Eccleshare A charming story told simply and captivatingly... the first English translation of a classic of European children's literature which ... deserves to be richly treasured. Booktrust The publishing in English of Tonke Dragt 's The Letter for the King brings back ancient, yet deeply pleasant memories. She's always at the top of the list when writers of my generation are asked which books they loved in their childhood, and justly so. -- Erwin Mortier An absolute pleasure... immensely enjoyable... vivid and intelligent. Newbook The Letter for the King is a pulse pounding adventure that doesn't miss a trick from its intriguing opening to its thrilling ending. This cinematic quest story will keep readers of all ages riveted to the final page. Be entranced by a classic that has taken its time to reach us, but was well worth the wait. Young Post (South China Morning Post)

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