Fairytale, time travel and adventure

Harsu has five droplets of god blood and a treasured cloak to remember his father by.

Now his father is gone, he lives with his mother, his only friend an old onager donkey. And something is not right with Harsu’s mother. She has started kidnapping children, and sometimes her skin grows a soft down, little sharp ears emerge, and she turns into a horrible stoat.

Harsu doesn’t know if five godlet drops are enough to help him rescue the kidnapped children and turn his own mother to good. And now that he is twelve, he too might be becoming a were-animal …

by Barbara Else

Else, whose Tales of Fontania quartet won much acclaim, builds a fantastical world in her new novel for age 10+. She incorporates humour, character, drama and morality in a tale of good versus evil. Harsu is a delightful character and a good and loyal friend who, in spite of his upbringing, manages to choose the right way to live.” – The Children’s Bookshop, April 2019

Gecko Press | pb | 240 pp | 2019 | 8+

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