The Hollow Bettle (The Poisons of Caux, Book 1)

The Hollow Bettle (The Poisons of Caux, Book 1)

Susannah Appelbaum


Introducing a witty and macabre new myth trilogy.

There's little pleasure left within the state of Caux: the evil King Nightshade principles with bad tyranny and the legislation of the land is poison or be poisoned. Worse, eleven-year-old Ivy’s uncle, a recognized healer, has disappeared, and Ivy units out to discover him, joined by way of a tender taster named Rowan. yet those are corrupt occasions, and the children—enemies of the realm—are now not on my own. What precisely do Ivy and Rowan’s pursuers wish? Is it Ivy’s prized purple bettle, which, not like the other gemstone in Caux, appears—impossibly—to be hole? Is it the elixir she concocted—the one with the mysterious therapeutic powers? Or may possibly it's Ivy herself?

Told with wry humor, The hole Bettle is the 1st installment within the Poisons of Caux trilogy, an incredible story of herbs and magic, tasters and poisoners.

From university Library Journal
Grade 5–9—This tale is decided in Caux, now governed through tyrannical King Nightshade. less than his regime, the therapeutic arts were brushed off in prefer of poisonry. in reality, warding off being poisoned is an everyday predicament that has given upward thrust to a shadowy guild that trains and accredits expert meals tasters. while 11-year-old Ivy's uncle—the final apothoepath healer within the kingdom—disappears, she units off to discover him, followed by means of Rowan, a lately graduated younger taster whose talents develop into suspect after many of the king's males turn out poisoned whereas on his watch. Ivy consists of a truly exact bettle, or gem, which has mysterious therapeutic powers. This strange item will be one cause she's being pursued by means of guards and the minions of Vidal Verjouce, the scary head of the Tasters' Guild, yet different purposes quickly come to gentle. The writing is shiny and there are numerous pleasant rules during this first novel, however the plot depends upon all-too-familiar delusion tropes utilized in unoriginal methods: a prophecy, an orphaned baby, and predictable relatives relationships. nonetheless, the tale manages to stay compelling. numerous atmospheric black-and-white illustrations are included.—Tim Wadham, St. Louis County Library, MO

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