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Spiggot's Quest: Number 1 in series (Knights of the Liofwende) Paperback – 4 Jul 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atom; paperback / softback edition (4 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904233015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904233015
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,463,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garry Douglas Kilworth was born in York in 1941. He began travelling the minute his feet hit the ground. As a service brat he was raised in various counties of England, in Aden, and in Singapore. He went to military school at the age of 15 and served in the RAF until 33, in Kenya, Aden, Maldives, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Germany and Malta. On leaving the RAF he had his first short story published in the Sunday Times. Novels with Faber and Faber, and Penguin Books, followed shortly afterwards. After working for Cable and Wireless in the Caribbean for 8 years he turned full-time writer and to date has 125 short stories and 70 novels published. He has worked in several genres, including Science Fiction, Fantasy, General Fiction, Children's books, Historical Fiction and Military Crime novels. Garry is still married to Annette, the girl he met when she was 17 and he 19. They have two children, a boy and a girl, now in their forties, and five beloved grandchildren, Alexander being the boy in the photograph. Garry Kilworth's main influences have been: Rudyard Kipling, HG Wells, Julio Cortazar and a whole raft of modern authors, many of them now friends.

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Contains boggarts, goblins, giants and a talking water rat. Great stuff. (SFX)

Book Description

Contemporary England melds with medieval Faerieland with extraordinary, wonderful, and terrifying results in this trilogy opener from twice Carnegie-shortlisted author, Garry Kilworth.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Stone on 20 July 2002
Format: Paperback
Spiggot, a lowly boggart, is an armourer's son. When his father completes a suit of golden armour for the King of the Fairies, he entrusts Spiggot to deliver it post haste. Thus Spiggot embarks on his journey through Liofwende, a Mediaeval Britain parallel to our own, with Kling, a large dog-sized water rat as his only companion. They are soon joined by Jack, a baffled teenager who has crashed his motorbike in Mortaland - our world - and finds himself waking up in Liofwende. (Jack is further chagrined to find himself at the bottom of the class system, further down even than the rat.) Before long, Spiggot is tempted into the armour himself to do battle with a deathless serpent. And finds the heroic life to his liking! Cue more escapades....enough miadventure in fact to fill several books.
'Spiggot's Quest' is a superb fantasy tale which is peppered with all those wonderful mythical creatures that 'once' inhabited the British Isles, brought back to life with good humour and humanity. The pace is breathless and the pages abound with magic and unforgettable imagery. I don't recall reading a fantasy like quite this, as most writers in this genre retread Tolkien's path or use Arthur's Camelot as a template. 'Spiggot's Quest' however goes back further, to the real roots of British folklore. It is an eminently readable book, a real feelgood book that places you smack bang in a Britain that sadly never was. You can almost smell the fungi and leaf litter.
It gets an unreserved recommendation from me. Read it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pakmen on 30 April 2005
Format: Paperback
I have just finished reading this book, and I now look forward to reading the next in the series!
Spiggots Quest; by Garry Kilworth, is an excellent fictional novel for young and old! I'm writing this review under my mums name, (i'm 14) and I think Teens would love it.
Spiggot is an average boggart who works as a blacksmith with his faithful water rat 'Kling' in Liofwende. Jack is a typical teenager from England, whom accidentally crosses over into the land of the Faerie; 'Liofwende' where he meets Spiggot. They build a friendship and embark on a journey to King Cimberlin with a beautiful cart of well-crafted/useful armour. This book is full of adventure and magic. Lots of different mythical creatures are encountered, some pleasant and others evil or immoral. The nicer settings are beautiful and the darker/eviler settings are quite creepy with excellent description.
As I said i thoroughly enjoyed this book and i'm sure you will too...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Nov. 2004
Format: Paperback
The reason I did not enjoy this book is simply a matter of taste. This is a nicely written piece of comic fantasy. However, the storyline lacks depth and it is hard to empathise with the characters. It's certainly not a book that you can't put down. If you enjoy more gripping and dark novels like 'His Dark Materials' or 'The Old Kingdom' trilogies, this may not be for you.
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