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The Flowing Queen [Hardcover]

Kai Meyer
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2 May 2005
Winged stone lions fly through the skies of an imagined Venice, which is besieged by the armies of a revived Egyptian Pharaoh. Orphans Merle and her blind friend Junipa are apprenticed to Arcimboldo, the maker of mysterious mirrors, and find his housekeeper, Unke wears a mask to hide her mermaid's wide mouth of sharp shark's teeth. Merle carries a mirror made of water, and Unke feels the vibration of her connection with the mystical Flowing Queen who protects the Venice lagoon. In the mirror Junipa sees something she cannot tell. Meeting the attractive pickpocket Serafin, Merle overhears corrupt Venetian councillors making a deal with the Egyptians, over a flask containing the essence of the Flowing Queen. Serafin is caught, but Merie flees with the flask and is convinced by the Queen to drink its contents, and from then on carries the Flowing Queen inside her. Envoys from Hell - in this world, a real, geographical place - arrive in Campo San Marco, demanding Venice forms an alliance with Hell, or be destroyed. Vermithrax, one of the last talking stone lions, whisks Merle up from the burning piazza, and away over the mountains to find help...

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd; 1st Edition edition (2 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405216387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405216388
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 16 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 607,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kai Meyer is one of the most successful writers in Germany. Having studied film and drama, he worked as a journalist before devoting himself to full time writing. His two fantasy trilogies for children, both to be published by Egmont, appeared on adult and children's bestseller lists in Germany, with combined hardback sales of nearly 500,000 copies. His work has been translated into sixteen languages around the world.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 + rating 16 Jun 2009
Assumptions I held before reading this book:
Mermaids: beautiful young maiden, with fish like tails and long flowing hair
Mirrors: you like in them, you see yourself (and the room behind you) reflected in it.
Stone lions: they are solid, don't speak, don't move.
Mummys (Egyptian): a human wrapped up in bandages. Certainly no threat.

All of those assumptions have since been squashed. Mermaids aren't as pretty as you think. Mirrors - not only can you enter them, with the right equipment, but things live in them. What things? I'm not telling. Stone lions protect the elite of Venice, and can fly. They're bred for that, although they weren't always that way. Mummys: are a formiddable enemy.

Young Merle is apprenticed, with her blind friend Junipa to the mirror maker Arcimboldo. She makes friends with the enemy: a weaver apprentice, who used to be a Master Thief.. She has a special mirror, that's not made of glass. She keeps this a secret from the strange Arcimboldo, and learns a little about it in this part of the trilogy. She makes friends with a mermaid and a stone lion, thanks to a connection with the Flowing Queen, a being who protected Venice up until recently. The Flowing Queen's life is at stake, and with it protection against Venice's enemies. Merle has to trust all the voice in her head, and perform acts she'd rather not do.

What are Arcimboldo's true motives? Why is one stone lion locked up in prison? How does Junipa get her sight back? Read it to find out. I'm eager to read the second installment that's lying on my TBR pile.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative 2 Dec 2006
Merle and her blind friend Junipa are apprenticed to a magic-mirror maker in Venice, but the city is under threat from an Egyptian army... Recommended for children aged 10-16.

I especially liked the stone lions, and a twist on 'the little mermaid' story. This was an imaginative, interesting read, though sometimes I lost concentration, and the stroy dragged in places.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flowing Queen 18 Nov 2007
I really enjoyed this book. It has an amazing setting (Venice) and an unusual storyline which will appeal to those who are studying Ancient Egypt. Its well-written and fast-moving narrative keeps the reader gripped - I couldn't put it down and rushed straight on to the next book in the trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Flowing Queen 5 Feb 2007
I run a book club for 9-11 yr olds, and we recently read this book. It is a fantastic read, with all the excitement and danger you could wish for, but with the added elgance of being set in Venice with its crumbling buildings and decadent architecture. I was gripped by the story and found that i couldn't put it down once I started reading it! I would thoroughly recommend it, it makes a change from some of the rather staid and boring children's writing which i all too often come across.
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