We are very excited to announce that Nina Oram's The Emerald Tree, is ready for pre-order! After The Joining, it is the second instalment of the Carrowkeel series, a YA Fantasy trilogy steeped in Irish lore.
The cover art for the whole trilogy is by Bede Rogerson, who was shortlisted for the BSFA awards this year, for his cover art of The Troutespond Series by Elizabeth Priest. We are very proud to work with so many talented people!
The Emerald Tree will be out on the 31st of March and we will hold a launch party in Galway, at Charlie Byrne's: come along if you are in town!
About The Emerald Tree:
Jasmine has travelled back in time to rescue her friend, Malachy. In her heart, she is harbouring thoughts of revenge against her nemesis, the druid Ellyllon. Meanwhile, Granuaile, the powerful pirate queen of Western Ireland, is also seeking him. Once again, Jasmine's powers hold the key to success, but her doubts are growing about friends and foes alike. Worse still, Ellyllon is no longer her only enemy. As she travels the lands, the voices inside her are growing stronger. Harsher.
Nina said about writing the beginning of her trilogy:
"Looking back, it was almost inevitable that the very first thing I would write would be 'The Joining'. My desire to write comes from my childhood, and so does my love of ancient history, legend and folklore. As a child, I was enthralled by the books of Susan Cooper and Alan Garner, British and Welsh folklore woven into modern tales of dark, sinister adventure. I grew up in a countryside rich in ancient British history; coming to live in the west of Ireland, surrounded by another ancient history, maybe it was natural to write a YA fantasy trilogy, to start with the child within.
'The Joining' began with a visit to local Neolithic stone tombs. Perched on a hill, I walked up the track towards them, gazing at the granite towering high above me, and thought of my childhood walks with my best friend, the two of us making up stories. At the top, I was able to slip inside one of the circular tombs and sit, quiet and alone, in the centre of something man had built five thousand years ago. The very next day, I began to write."
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