Author(s): Anna Mackenzie
Magnificent YA fantasy adventure story-telling with a romance at its heart. This is a richly imagined story, beautifully and forcefully written.
Risha is strong and outspoken, and at 16 develops into a leader of men, a clear, strategic thinker and a woman whom, one can imagine, will be able to take up the legacy her mother had left her. The story begins with 13-year-old Risha living a simple life in the mountains with her father. When her father suddenly dies, Risha is left alone, an outcast of her village. Risha, disguised as a boy, leaves the village with a group of traders. She is on a quest to find out the truth about her mother and her heritage. Here begins a grand sweeping adventure as Risha is caught up in dangerous pursuits, intrigue, trickery and betrayal. She is left for dead, confused by the actions of many, and is made to hide from those who wish her harm. She finds out by chance that she is Cattra's daughter. Who is Cattra and why do so many wish her, Risha, harm?
Finalist in the LIANZ Young Adult Fiction Award
'Mackenzie's prose is outstanding.' - NZ Herald
Anna Mackenzie is the author of several novels, The Sea Wreck Stranger trilogy being the most recent. The Sea Wreck Stranger won an NZ Post Honour Award the year it was published, and it was also the winner of the Sir Julius Vogel Award.