Linnet's life is strange already. She's used to Wyrmesbury's weird earthquakes, the odd effects of her dad's peculiar Brews and the secretive ways of the villagers. But then two of her friends vanish, and she discovers that she is the Maiden Guardian--a job that no one can prepare for.
Linnet must set out through the Door in the Owlstones on Hootcat Hill into the unknown. Old and new magics have clashed, and the worldwyrm has been woken from his sleep. Only Linnet can subdue it and restore peace and order.
But is Linnet strong enough--and willing enough--to accept her Gifts, and use them, since all she's ever wanted is to fit in and be like everybody else?
“What makes this novel special is the fey, fantastical atmosphere it creates. It uses mythological treasure troves with brio…to show how a bullied schoolgirl can find unexpected reserves of courage.”
Amanda Craig The Times Saturday March 8 2008
“A lyrical fantasy full of old, dark magic entertainingly bound up with ordinary life.” Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times Best Children’s books for Easter March 2008