The Letter for the King
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The Letter for the King

Tonke Dragt (Author), Laura Watkinson (Translator)

The classic fantasy novel, acclaimed as a Sunday Times, Times and Metro Book of the Year, now in paperback!

It is the dead of night. Sixteen-year-old Tiuri must spend hours locked in a chapel in silent contemplation if he is to be knighted the next day. But, as he waits by the light of a flickering candle, he hears a knock at the door and a voice desperately asking for help. A secret letter must be delivered to King Unauwen across the Great Mountains - a letter upon which the fate of the entire kingdom depends. Tiuri has a vital role to play, one that might cost him his knighthood. Tiuri’s journey will take him through dark, menacing forests, across treacherous rivers, to sinister castles and strange cities. He will encounter evil enemies who would kill to get the letter, but also the best of friends in the most unexpected places. He must trust no one. He must keep his true identity secret. Above all, he must never reveal what is in the letter…

The Letter for the King is the thrilling story of one boy’s battle against evil, set in an enchanted world of chivalry, courage and true friendship.

Review

Sometimes I encounter a book so completely enthralling I lose all track of time; day becomes night and day again. The Letter for the King is one of those books: a must-read epic adventure for children and adults everywhere.

A classic saga in the style of King Arthur and The Hobbit, The Letter for the King has it all: an epic odyssey through treacherous lands, exciting battles with deadly enemies and a courageous young knight who answers a cry for help and risks all in the quest to save a kingdom. Tiuri is an endearing hero, vulnerable yet strong, and incredibly courageous given he’s unable to reveal his true identity or mission to anyone. And yet, in the face of adversity, he finds friends in the most unlikely places.

Published in the Netherlands in 1962, this amazing book won the Children’s Book of the Year and became an international best-seller that has been translated into sixteen languages. This is an incredible experience, perfect for independent readers aged 9 and up, a fantastic read-aloud for the whole family – adults will enjoy it as much as children. Look out for the sequel, The Secrets of the Wild Wood, which will be available in English later this year.

Athina Clarke is the Children’s Buyer at Readings Malvern

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