The Ghost Drum: Book 1 of The Ghost World Sequence Winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal
In the freezing, endless darkness of northern Midwinter, a shaman knocks at the door of a tiny wooden house where a slave-woman has given birth to a baby girl. When the shaman leaves, in her magical house that walks on chicken legs, she carries the baby with her.
The Czar of this frozen land, terrified that his new-born baby son will one day take his throne, imprisons the child, for ever, in a tiny room at the top of the royal palace’s highest tower.
Chingis, the slave’s daughter, is raised and trained by the shaman who took her, and learns the ways to and from the Land of the Dead. In dreams she hears the crying of Prince Safa, lonely and half-mad in his imprisonment.
She frees him – but in doing so, challenges powerful enemies.
The Imperial Princess Margaretta moves to ensure that no rivals are left to the throne she has seized.
The bear-shaman, Kuzma, harvester of ice-apples, is jealous of the new young witch and lends his powers to Margaretta.
Against a setting of Arctic cold, darkness, starlight and the brilliant jewel colours of folk-art, this is a cruel fairy-tale of shamans, a fantasy of shape-shifters, magic-battles, peasants and kings.
Chingis, the slave’s daughter, and Safa, the princeling, both long for the freedom to live in their own way, but can they survive the malice of their vicious enemies?
Can Chingis’ shaman training help her to save Safa from execution for treason? Can her fierce will to survive enable her to find her way back from Iron Wood in the Land of the Dead?
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Susan Price is an acclaimed author of over 60 books, which have been translated into many languages, including Japanese, Chinese and Russian. She has won several awards, including the Carnegie and the Guardian, and has been short-listed for the Whitbread.
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