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Feb 09 2017

Poison by Bridget Zinn

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Hyperion, 2013. ISBN 9781423153306
(Age: 12+) Highly recommended. Fantasy. Humour. Poison. Sixteen-year-old Kyra is a highly skilled potion master and is on the run. After seeing in a vision that the kingdom will be destroyed by events surrounding her best friend Princess Ariana, she has failed in an attempt to assassinate her. Facing being hung for treason if the King's guards catch up with her Kyra flees into the forest, where she meets a very cute pig and a very cute wanderer named Fred.
What makes this story stand out is its humour and witty dialogue. Readers will have lots of fun following the adventures of Kyra, her pig and Fred as she continues on her quest to find Princess Ariana and save the kingdom. Kyra is a feisty heroine who grabs the reader's attention right from the first chapter. Smart, quick witted and daring, Kyra has to come to grips with her powers while evading the guards. The low key romance between Kyra and Fred is very sweet but is not the central theme of Poison - Kyra's quest dominates the plot.
A most enjoyable stand-alone adventure, filled with lots of danger, laughs, twists and turns and some unexpected events at its conclusion, the late Bridget Zinn has created an easy to read book full of feel good moments, laughter and suspense.
Pat Pledger

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