Set in a world both familiar and fantastical, CHILDREN OF THE SHAMAN is a captivating tale of discovery, full of imagination, adventure and wonder. Raised by their aunt in a remote coastal town, Annat and Malchik have always been protected from the hostile world that surrounds them. It is now time for them to find their own way. To become true wanderers. Reunited with their father, they embark on a remarkable train journey that will take them to the frozen lands of the north. Shortly after their arrival in the town of Gard Ademar, it becomes apparent that dark forces are at work. A series of apparently senseless murders have terrified the townspeople, threatening the construction of a new tunnel. It is a mystery that will draw them into the magical kingdom of La Souterraine. A place where only a shaman can hope to survive. For more information on this or any other Orbit book, please visit the Orbit website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk
Jessica Rydill was born in Bath in 1959. She read English at King's College Cambridge before training as a solicitor. In 1998 she gave up work to write. Her first novels, Children of the Shaman and The Glass Mountain, were published by Orbit in 2001 and 2002. She lives near Bath with her husband and her collection of Asian Ball-jointed Dolls.
Jessica has worked on her third book, Malarat, from 2003 to 2012. Though Malarat is set in the same world as her first two books, and shares characters with them, it can be read as a stand-alone novel.