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Crimson

by Arthur Slade

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publisher: HarperCollins
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A ruthless queen. An ancient god. One brave girl and an impossible choice.

For over a thousand years, Queen Servilia has ruled the world of Illium. Using magical red dust mined from the earth, she has enslaved her subjects, enforcing uniformity and sameness to maintain her absolute power.

But in Village Twenty-One, wild magic is growing. Fen, a young girl whose hand has been cut off as punishment for theft, wakes one morning to discover that her hair has gone crimson: a sign that she has been invested with magic of her own, and is a threat to Servilia’s reign. For Fen, this is a death sentence.

When her village is burned to the ground and her sister captured, Fen must make an impossible choice. Will she risk unleashing the most feared magical entity of all time—an ancient god who could overthrow Servilia, but whose power may be even more terrifying—in order to save the only family she has left?

About the Author

Arthur Slade

Arthur Slade was raised on a ranch in the Cypress Hills of Saskatchewan. He wanted to be a writer from the time he was young, and finished his first novel when he was still in his teens. Now he is the author of eighteen acclaimed novels for young readers in a variety of genres, including science fiction, horror, mystery, historical fiction and graphic novels. His book The Hunchback Assignments won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and Dust won of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
10 to 14
Grade:
5 to 9
Editorial Reviews

“A highly enjoyable read that has wide appeal. It is creative, well-paced, interesting, with great dialogue and imagery.”

— CM Magazine

“Slade’s piano-wire precision is a show of remarkable skill. It’s due to his unerringly smooth prose and spot-on dialogue that the story is able to whisk along so quickly. . . . Timely and timeless.”

— Quill & Quire

“Moves with the pace and unpredictability of a wildfire. . . . gritty and visceral and full of surprises. Readers will be swept away.”

— <strong>Wesley King</strong>, author of <em>The Vindico</em> and <em>OCDaniel</em>

“A wildly inventive, action-packed fantasy. A darkly fascinating read.”

— <strong>Kevin Sands</strong>, author of <em>The Blackthorn Key</em>

“A wonderfully written story with a strong, brave heroine.”

— <em>Canadian Children’s Book News</em>

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