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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)
Flowing Queen (The)
by Kai Meyer
Age Range: 9-11
The people of Venice and the lagoons have always been protected by the
power of the Flowing Queen – until now! Captured Mermaids pull gondolas on
the lagoon while flying stone lions patrol the skies overhead and the armies of
the Egyptian Empire are camped across the water where they have laid siege
to the city for over 30 years. As Merle and Junipa speed across the water on
their way to the ‘Outcasts Canal’, they have no idea what lies in store for them
at the house of the master mirror-maker, Arcimboldo.
Merle carries a magic water mirror that holds secrets that she doesn’t fully understand. When she becomes caught up in an adventure with Serafin, from the rival Master Weaver’s apprentices, it sets her off on an extraordinary journey. This is the first part of a trilogy by Kai Meyer and it is a beautifully crafted novel with poetic language and rich descriptions that really capture the magic of Venice. A best-seller in Germany, this novel promises to be popular with all fantasy lovers in the UK. Look out for the sequels, The Stone Light and The Glass Word also published by Egmont.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)