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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Oksa Pollock 3: The Heart of Two Worlds
by Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf
Age Range: 12+
The magical world of Edefia is dying and with it the Earth is also in turmoil: earthquakes, tsunami’s, volcanic eruptions, torrential rain causing flooding, including vast swathes of London from the Thames are causing havoc and millions of people are in danger. Could this be the end of the world?
Only Oksa has the power to save both worlds, but first she must return to Edefia with her fellow Runaways, including the moody, mysterious Tugdual, her shape-shifting father Pavel, formidable grandmother Dragomira, Abakum the Fairyman and a menagerie of Edefian creatures. The problem is that in order to find the entrance to the Portal of Edifia they must ally themselves with their bitter enemies, Orthon and his band of Felons.
As Oksa’s burgeoning relationship with Tugdual develops she has to deal with the increasing tension between him and her best friend Gus as well as face incredible heartbreak as a result of the terrible price she must pay to enter the Portal of Edefia. Oksa is a feisty heroine who always rises to the challenge no matter how hard, but is this her greatest challenge yet?
Danger lurks around every corner and time is running out fast. Not only must Oksa fight her own debilitating illness she also needs to be wary of the evil Orthon and his father Ocious, ruler of Edefia, who has been responsible for its destruction and has an ambitious plan to rule both worlds.
Oksa Pollock fans will enjoy this fast-paced third instalment in the saga by French authors Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf. The story is carefully crafted, with lots of action and intricate detail. Like the two previous volumes it’s a real page-turner and translator Sue Rose has done an excellent job of captured all the complexities within the story.