Lyonesse Book 1: Well Between The Worlds

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Critically acclaimed author Sam Llewellyn brings to life the vivid and epic legend of a land of magic and monsters, and one boy who may rule it all.

Lyonesse is the land of legends and magic. It's the forgetten land where King Arthur once resided with Merlin and his Knights of the Round Table. But thousands of years after the great king walked this country, it has become a place of shadows, where men hunt and capture the monsters that lurk below in the dark depths of the sea. Lyonesse is slowly sinking, and it is up to one boy, Idris, to save his people and his land. Can he stand up to the forces of evil that aim to stop him?

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Sam Llewellyn has published half a dozen children's books, including the chronicles of Lyonesse: THE WELL BETWEEN THE WORLDS and DARKSOLSTICE, and the Little Darlings series. He also works as a journalist for British and American newspapers and magazines such as the LONDON TIMES and DAILY TELEGRAPH. Sam now lives with his wife, award-winning children's writer Karen Wallace, and their two sons in a medieval house in the Welsh border country.

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Grade 5–9—In this unique and gripping fantasy, the world is divided into different realms. A society of humans exists aboveground, though corruption now taints their once-verdant kingdom, Lyonesse. Belowground exists a watery underworld populated by aquatic, amorphous monsters. The two worlds open to one another through a series of stone wells. Lyonesse, by order of the Queen regent, fishes the wells to catch the monsters. They are then dried and burned to produce power. It's a violent and destructive process, as operating the wells releases poisoned water, slowly sinking the kingdom. Its only hope lies in 11-year-old Idris Limpet, a boy rescued minutes before his execution and then trained as a monstergroom. He must find a way to overthrow the Queen regent and restore balance before Lyonesse is drowned by corruption. Llewellyn's writing style is crisp, and he keeps the action moving. The author's strength lies in his ability to make a seemingly incomprehensible world appear perfectly plausible.—Lindsay Cesari, Baldwinsville School District, NY
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