Combining magical realism and fable, this lyrical tale is the story of a landscape and community destroyed by Western greed. From the internationally bestselling author of the high fantasy series The Books of Pellir comes a powerful story about the exploitation of indigeus people by the First World. Endorsed by Amnesty International as contributing to a better understanding of human rights, this poetic coming-of-age story combines magical realism and fable, and features beautiful black-and-white chapter illustrations. Simbala's village has two treasures: the River, their road and their god; and the Book, their history, their oracle and their soul. Simbala is a Keeper of the Book, the latest in a long line of women who can use it to find answers to the villagers' questions. As developers begin to poison the River on which the villagers rely, the Book predicts change. But this does t come in the form that they expect; it is the sympathetic foreigner who comes to the village who inflicts the greatest damage of all.
Alison Croggon is the acclaimed author of the Books of Pellinor, a high fantasy quartet which consists of The Gift, The Riddle, The Crow and The Singing. She is also the author of Black Spring, a fantasy reworking of Wuthering Heights. Alison is an award-winning poet whose work has been published extensively in anthologies and magazines internationally. She has written widely for theatre, and her plays and opera libretti have been produced all around Australia. Alison is also an editor and critic. She lives in Melbourne. Find out more about Alison at www.alisoncroggon.com and follow her on Twitter at @alisoncroggon