For years the titanic figure of the Colossus guarded the harbor entrance on the island of Rhodes and kept watch over its people. But a fatal prophecy foretells doom and destruction! When an earthquake strikes and the Colossus of Rhodes collapses, humans and an ancient race of sea creatures—the telchines—come face to face. At the center of the struggle is a living Gift from the gods with magical powers for good and ill. A girl sponge diver, half-human and half-telchine, must restore the Gift and reveal an ancient prophecy, but she herself is struggling to come to terms with her mixed heritage. Snatched from her home by those intent on securing the Gift's powers, she is befriended by a trainee priestess and a gang of robber children, and with them battles with corrupt priests and scheming Councillors. But what is the strange Gift? Who can she trust? And which race will she ultimately side with—human or telchine?
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Katherine Roberts was born in Torquay in 1962 and spent her childhood in Devon and Cornwall. She graduated with a First in Mathematics from Bath University. Since then she has worked with computers, racehorses, and in a pet shop. Now she lives near Ross-on-Wye, where she writes fantasy fiction, tutors for the Focus on Fiction distance learning course, helps judge an annual Creative Writing Awards scheme for local schools, and in her spare time exercises racehorses. She has her own website: www.herebedragons.co.uk/roberts and produces her own little newsletter, Fantasy Fever, for children.
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Book Description HarperCollins UK, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007112831