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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (6 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192754637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192754639
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My journey to becoming an author has been a roundabout one, taking in many other careers. I grew up on the edge of Epping Forest and was that dreamy kind of child who was always writing stories. After reading English at Cambridge, I decided to find out as much as I could about the wider world so joined the Foreign Office and served in Poland. My work as a diplomat took me from the high point of town twinning in the Tatra Mountains to the low of inspecting the bottom of a Silesian coal mine.

On leaving Poland, I exchanged diplomacy for academia and took a doctorate in the literature of the English Romantic Period at Oxford. I then joined Oxfam as a lobbyist on conflict issues, campaigning at the UN and with governments to lessen the impact of conflict on civilians living in war zones - a cause about which I still feel very passionate.

Married with three children, I now live in Oxford between two rivers, surrounded by gargoyles, beautiful sandstone buildings and ancient trees.

My first novel, 'The Diamond of Drury Lane', won the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2006 and the Nestle Children's Book Prize 2006 (formerly known as the Smarties Prize). I was also chosen by Waterstone's in 2007 as one of their 'Twenty-five authors for the future'. 'Empty Quarter' was longlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009; 'Wolf Cry' in 2010. In the US, 'Secret of the Sirens' won the honor book medal of the Green Earth Book Award.

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[Of previous books in the Quartet:] 'I rated this book 5/5 because the story is so brilliant you simply have to read it. I would strongly advise this book so just buy it and read it!!!!!!!! (Jenii, age 10)

This book is the most excellent book I have ever read. (Amazon review)

If you are looking for a book for a child of junior age or above (or their Mum or Dad!) who enjoys fantasy fiction, then this would definitely be a great choice. (Amazon review)

This has all the ingredients of a must-read series (Publishing News)

I really like it - it reminded me of Susan Cooper's ver Sea Under Stone (Amanda Craig)

Crackles with tension (TES)

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The final showdown has begun between Connie, the world's only Universal, and Kullervo, the shapeshifter hell-bent on destroying humanity --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. D. Whitmore on 2 Sep 2007
Format: Hardcover
At the end of July the world went doolally when the final Harry Potter book came out. A month later, The Chimera's Curse was published to no fanfare at all. But I'm sure I'm not alone in having enjoyed this fantasy adventure series about magical powers just as much as the one about the boy wizard. This series is always going to compared with HP - the similarities are many but to me, the idea of a Society for the Protection of Mythical Creatures is more exciting than a school for wizards.

The plot is much tighter and the conclusion far more satisfying than that of HPATDH. Kullervo is more of a real threat than Voldemort ever is. Even the jacket illustration is infinitely better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fantasy Reader on 25 Oct 2007
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Julia Golding is a marvelous author and has written lots of brilliant books, but this one is my fovourites. it is the end of a series called "Companions Quartret". All of her books are the best i've read in ages. this ones my favourite because all the things i wanted to happen happened, but i can't say what these things are because without ruining the book but i'll say this much, id give it 9,000,000,000,000,001 stars out of 5!!!!!!!!

Tori age 12
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RoseGirl on 24 Nov 2007
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The Companion Series has told the reader all about the events of Connie's life, this one being no different. As the series finale, it helps that this is the best book yet out of the four. Readers of the series will find that the ending isn't as obvious as the last three. Julia Golding has managed to finish off the Series with a book that holds you from start to finish, with no negitivities as far as i can see. I would, however, advise that people who haven't read the series might wish to do just that, it helps if you undertand the characters better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anna on 18 April 2013
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I lived this book! It was really good. I always thought that Connie and Col were perfect for each other!
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By Angelmail on 16 Jan 2010
Format: Paperback
The Companions Quartet is aimed at younger readers, but I am an older teenager and enjoyed this series much more than other teenage books, such as Harry Potter and Twilight. The characters seem much more real, and the story is very developed. Firstly it is about mythical creatures, but underneath this there is the issue of global warming, and other minor plots such as family problems and even a tiny bit of romance. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy. This whole series is spectacular, and told brilliantly by Julia Golding. I would advise you read them in the right order though.
Definately worth five stars! It looks child-like but just read it!
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I have enjoyed immensely following Connie and the rest of the characters within the Society of Protection Of Mythical Creatures as they fight for the survival of mythical creatures and humans alike as they fight the evil shapeshifter Kullervero! I L.O.V.E.D all of the books and this was no excepsion, though the ending left me wanting more. It didn't feel like an ending, she could have easily have done more from that! I don't like cliff hangers with no follow through!
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By Nicole M on 5 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in less than a day because I could not put it down. It makes you frustrated how Connie will not listen to anyone but also how no one will listen to her point of view. I'm not going to give away the end but let's just say that I would love to be Connie at the end of the book.
By Nicole, aged 15.
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