Author(s): Helen Lowe

NZ Middle Fiction 8-12-year-olds

Winner of the Best Young Adult book & the author Best New Talent Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2009. Prince Sigismund hasgrown up in a remote castle, dreaming of going on heroic knightly quests while staring out at the forbidden wood that looms to the west. His great-grandfather placed an interdict on the wood nearly 100 years ago, though no one seems to know exactly why. But for those still young or credulous enough to believe in magic, the rumors and stories abound--of an enchanted castle and a sleeping princess cursed by an evil faie. Helen Lowe has spun a grand, adventurous, romantic tale about the prince destined to wake the sleeping princess. This thoughtful hero must delve into a world of mystery and magic to discover the truth of his own fate. Enemies with powers he never imagined abound, sometimes hiding behind a mask of friendship. And an elusive girl haunts his dreams--is she helping him or binding him tighter into a thorny cage? For Sigismund, the truth turns out to be more fantastical than any story he's ever heard. A quiet hero anchors this nicely crafted blend of fairy tale and dreamscape. What begins as an exploration of fairy-tale archetypes moves into a very human and nevertheless magical drama.


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Winner of Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novel (Young Adult) 2009. Shortlisted for Storylines Notable New Zealand Books: Junior Fiction 2009.

Helen Lowe won an inaugural Robbie Burns Poetry Award in 2003 and was awarded a NZ Society of Authors/Creative NZ mentorship award for emerging writers in 2005, working with renowned short story writer, Owen Marshall. Helen has subsequently had poetry and short fiction published and anthologised in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. THORNSPELL is her first novel.

General Fields

  • : 9780375855818
  • : Alfred A. Knopf
  • : Alfred A. Knopf
  • : October 2008
  • : 211mm X 142mm X 30mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Hardback
  • : Helen Lowe
  • : Fantasy & magical realism
  • : 320
  • : 823.3