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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)
Secrets of the Wild Wood (The)
by Tonke Dragt
Age Range: 12+
The Secrets of the Wildwood
Sir Ristridin, one of King Unauwen’s knights has gone missing. Sent off to explore the mysteries of Wild Wood where no one dares venture because rumours abound that it is enchanted, Tiuri, now Sir Tiuri, (after carrying out his last perilous mission in The Letter for the King), sets out with his best friend and squire Piak to find him. They must journey into the heart of the terrifying Wild Wood where danger lurks all around and every path can lead those unfamiliar with it astray. On their travels they discover The Forgotten City; meet the blustering Sir Fitil of Islan and his beautiful and enigmatic daughter Isadoro; encounter the strange Men in Green and their master Tehalon, who inhabit the Wild Wood and appears to be helping the treacherous Red Riders and their leader the Black Knight with the Red Shield whose plot threatens to bring down an entire Kingdom which Tiuri and his friends must try to defeat at all costs.
Tiuri as he faces his greatest challenge yet. Tonke Dragt, one of the greatest Dutch female writer for children, sets her story in a fantasy medieval era of chivalry that is reminiscent of an Arthurian legend or a Knights Templar tale. The evocative descriptions create a cinematic vista on the pages together with an array of characters, some familiar and others new, that will take the reader into a different world where good and evil wear the same face, the outcome of which can only be decided by one final terrible battle.
The Letter for the King received international recognition with over a million copies sold worldwide. Readers are sure to find this sequel, expertly translated by Laura Watkinson, equally as gripping and enthralling.