The Poison Throne: The Moorehawke Trilogy, Vol I

Celine Kiernan

The Poison Throne: The Moorehawke Trilogy, Vol I
Allen & Unwin
1 September 2009

The Poison Throne: The Moorehawke Trilogy, Vol I

Celine Kiernan

Wynter returns from a five-year exile in the bleak Northlands to find her beloved homeland in turmoil. King Jonathan’s civilised, multicultural realm is no more; the gibbets and cages have returned. Days of laughter, friendly ghosts and gossipy cats remain only in Wynter’s memory - the present confronts her with power play, dark torture chambers, violent ghosts, and cats (those still alive) too scared to talk to humans. The Inquisition is a real and present danger.

Crown Prince Alberon is missing. There are murmurings of a ‘Bloody Machine’ of untold destructive power. And as Wynter and her friends, Prince Razi and the mysterious Christopher Garron, seek to restore stability to the fragile kingdom, risking death at every turn, Wynter is forced to make a terrible choice.

Set in a fantastical medieval Europe, this is the first book in a compelling trilogy of court intrigue, adventure and romance. It draws the reader in from the very first sentence and doesn’t loosen its grip until the last.

‘This is marvellous, vivid writing, and storytelling at its best. It reminded me of the first time I read Philip Pullman - I was utterly engrossed.’ Roddy Doyle


Upon returning from the south, Wynter Moorehawke and her sick father, Protector Lord Lorcan Moorehawke re-enter the court of the king to find it much changed; and changed for the worst. Alberon, the king’s heir and one of Wynter’s friends from long ago, has been disinherited and is missing. Alberon’s half-brother Razi, Wynter and Alberon’s other childhood companion, is now in line for the throne, and the people are not happy. To further complicate things, there is the introduction of Razi’s puzzling and secretive friend Christopher. Wynter must try to unravel the mystery surrounding Alberon’s disappearance and the cloud of secrecy surrounding the king’s crazed altering of the court, all the while caring for her gravely ill father.

Utterly compelling, Celine Keirnan’s characters are so completely real that you can’t help but be drawn in to this magnificently crafted story. I am very glad that this book is part of a trilogy, as Keirnan’s style is so fluid and storyline so gripping that I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!

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