Lyonesse Book 1: The Well Between the Worlds

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The land of Lyonesse is sinking, and the sea batters its walls; it has become a place of poison and danger, and its people live in an uneasy truce with the monsters that inhabit its bottomless Wells.
Idris Limpet is an ordinary boy, until the day he is rescued from a terrible death and finds himself thrown into an astonishing new adventure. Can it be that it is his destiny to save Lyonesse? As Idris begins to discover his true self, he learns he must rely on his wits, his courage, and his friends in the face of an overwhelming darkness that threatens to swallow up everything he loves.

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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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