Author(s): Anna Mackenzie
An absorbing fantasy for young adult readers. Feisty heroine Risha becomes the rightful heir to her mother's kingdom, but is caught between two armies and her own tangled allegiances. Donnel's Promise is the sequel to Cattra's Legacy u award-wining YA writer Anna Mackenzie's stunning young adult novel set in an imaginative medieval world, where Risha discovers she is the rightful heir to the kingdom Havre. In Donnel's Promise, Risha takes up her mother's legacy, and travels to Havre, where she finds a stifling world of court gossip and intrigue, and an entrenched resistance to her involvement in the Duchy's politics. Missing the freedoms of her former home of LeMarc, she embarks on a tour of western Havre with her mother's cousin, Ciaran, and the Havrean Captain, Nolan. The party is ambushed, revealing the existence, if not the identity, of a traitor in the city. Risha eludes capture, but Ciaran and Risha's valued companion Lyse are taken prisoner by rival duchy Westlaw. With the aid of friends Nolan gets Risha to safety, but time is against them as events in the murky world of politics stride forward. A coup in Havre sees Risha's life again at risk, while a treaty with Westlaw promises war with LeMarc. If she is to save Elgard from civil war Risha must come to terms with Cattra's legacy and find a way to balance the debts of the past with the price of the future. Muir can help her, if she'll let him; if he can reach her in time. Risha must decide what matters most: a promise made by her father, or a future of her own choosing.
Anna Mackenzie writes contemporary and speculative young adult novels. The Sea-wreck Stranger, the first volume of her 'Seawreck Stranger' trilogy, won an Honour Award at the 2008 NZ Post Children's Book Awards, was joint winner of the 2008 Sir Julius Vogel Award and was awarded a prestigious White Raven Award for outstanding children's literature. The book has been published in both Australia and France. Its sequel, Ebony Hill, was shortlisted in the Young Adult Fiction category of the 2011 NZ Post Children's Book Awards. The final title of the trilogy Finder's Shore was published in 2011. Anna's other titles include High Tide, Shadow of the Mountain and Out on the Edge.She has been awarded five Children's Literature Foundation Notable Book Awards. Anna lives on a farm in Hawkes Bay with her family. She works as a magazine editor and teaches creative writing. Anna is on Facebook (www.facebook.com/annamackenzie.nz.author) and has a blog (annamackenzie-writes.blogspot.co.nz.) For the New Zealand Herald, Margie Thompson wrote of Mackenzie's 'terrific feeling for dramatic pace, and for the emotional and physical landscape her beleaguered teens inhabit'. Kate De Goldi has praised Mackenzie for knowing 'how to structure a book and how to paint with delicate brushstrokes'. Reading Time commended her intelligent writing and said it is 'perfectly pitched' for her readership. Respected Children's Bookshop owner John McIntyre, reviewing The Sea-wreck Stranger on National Radio, said, 'what really stands out for me is the sheer beauty of the writing. Here there is a wordsmith at the top of her game ... it's one of those novels where a great story meets a great storyteller.' Viewpoint concluded: 'This book is both powerful and haunting, a true delight to read and well-deserving of its award-winning status.' Reviewing Ebony Hill in the Otago Daily Times, award-winning writer Tania Roxborogh exclaimed 'Harry Potter time to step aside.'