Author(s): Margaret Mahy
Forced from his home, 12-year-old Heriot's unwilling steps lead to Diamond, first city of the Hoadara. Serving the King as his magician, and strangely bound to Dysart, the mad prince, Heriot is isolated within the walls of Diamond until he finds Cayley, a wild, ambiguous rat-of-the-city. These two lonely souls forge an unlikely friendship in the shadows of the city both are forced to call home. But when children become adults, childish games become deadly serious and when incipient madness erupts in chilling violence, Heriot is forced to explore the very heart of his magic. In this superbly cerebral fantasy for older readers, Carnegie Medal-winning author Margaret Mahy’s master work will surprise and thrill with its exploration of darkness, and delight with her undisputed mastery of the language of the heart and soul.
Margaret Mahy is one of the world's best-loved authors, writing wonderfully funny and imaginative children's poems, stories and picture books as well as ground-breaking novels for young adults, thrilling readers for more than forty years. A member of the Order of New Zealand, an Honorary Doctor of Letters and twice winner of Britain's Carnegie Medal for Children's Literature, she has also been honoured by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand as a Living Icon, received the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction, and been awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her outstanding contribution to children's literature.