Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.08 × 5.88 × 1.33 in
Published: June 25, 2010
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385664575
ISBN - 13: 9780385664578
Read from the Book
I It is when you have already gone too far that your journey truly begins. —The Quips and Quiddities of Sir Dagonet Will had taken the motorcycle. He couldn’t believe he had done it, but here he was, zooming down the highway with the wind buffeting him in the face and the bike humming powerfully beneath him. He scanned the road ahead for any sign of the brightly coloured tents he had seen earlier. The late afternoon sky was darkening with thick clouds. It looked like rain. Will hunkered down over the handlebars. He was in a lot of trouble, but there was no turning back now. He hadn’t expected the day to turn out like this. The Lightfoot family had been on the road since early morning. It was the third day of their cross- country trip to a new home. On the first day Will had played Goblin Fortress on his GameBook until he was sick of it. On the second day he’d played “I Spy” and other kiddie car games with his little sister Jess, and wondered if he’d ever been so bored in his entire life. On the third afternoon they passed the hundredth field with cows in it and he knew for certain he had never been so bored in his entire life. He was staring out of the window of the camper van at nothing in particular, dazed with boredom and half asleep, when he glimpsed something up ahead that woke him right up. On the left side of the highway, behind a stand of trees, rose the colourful pennants and pavilions of wh
From the Publisher
Malabron the Night King seeks to turn all stories into one – his story, a nightmare of absolute power. When Will Lightfoot, a rebellious teenager, stumbles into the Perilous Realm where all stories come from, he is unwillingly caught up in the struggle against this ancient evil.
Aided by some of the Storyfolk – including the feisty Rowen, her grandfather, Pendrake the loremaster, Finn Madoc, a knight-in-training, and Shade, the wise and loyal wolf – Will must set out on a dangerous journey and face a host of perils if he is ever to find the gateless gate that will take him home.
This is high fantasy on a grand scale, which imaginatively intertwines well-known stories with Will’s quest to weave an unforgettable adventure.
About the Author
Thomas Wharton’s first novel, Icefields (1995), won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (Canada and the Caribbean), and was chosen as a CBC Canada Reads title in 2008. His second novel, Salamander (2001), was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Rogers’ Fiction Prize. A collection of short fiction, The Logogryph, was shortlisted for the 2006 IMPAC-Dublin Prize. He lives in Edmonton with his wife and three children, and is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Alberta.