Author(s): Zoe Marriott
Romance and adventure combine in a breathtaking reworking of a classic fairy tale. Darkness has fallen across a kingdom far, far away. The queen is dead - killed in the forest by a terrifying beast - and her daughter, Alexandra, suspects that the new woman in her father's life is more than she seems. Exiled and betrayed, Alexandra must face magic, murder and the loss of all she holds dear in a desperate struggle against evil. This is a reissue of an enchanting adventure, with a bewitchingly brave, clever heroine, making for strong girl appeal; and global sales of over 20,000 copies of first edition. It is supported by a major marketing and press campaign, including author events and dedicated online activity. It is inspired by the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Wild Swans". It was longlisted for the Branford Boase Award and chosen as a USBBY Outstanding International Book.
"Lyrical, psychological... the stuff of fairy tale, which means in this instance danger and darkness and what we all want - a kiss and a happy ending." (The Irish Times) "The writing is confident and the multilayered plot never falters. A book for all ages to read and re-read. More please, author!" (Amazon user review)"
Zoe Marriott lives in North East Lincolnshire with two cats, named Echo and Hero, and the Devil Hound, otherwise known as Finn. She says she has been waiting to write The Swan Kingdom, her debut novel, since she was a child. "When I was six, my sister bought me an illustrated picture book version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans. The story immediately captured my imagination and has stayed with me ever since."