Author(s): Tonke Dragt
'There's no place you can lose your way as quickly as in the Wild Wood...' One of the King's knights has gone missing. Sent to explore the mysterious Wild Wood, which no-one dares visit and some say are enchanted, he has vanished in the snow. Tiuri - now Sir Tiuri after carrying out his last perilous mission - has to find him. With his best friend and squire, Piak, he must journey into the heart of a terrifying, secret forest realm, where danger is all around and every path leads you astray. It is a place of lost, overgrown cities and ancient curses; of robbers, princesses and strange Men in Green; of old friends and treacherous new enemies - and a secret plot that threatens to bring down the entire kingdom. This gripping, spellbinding sequel to The Letter for the King sees a hero facing his greatest test, surrounded by darkness in a world where good and evil wear the same face, and the wrong move could cost his life - but where help comes from the unlikeliest of places.
The Letter for the King was a Sunday Times, Metro and Times Book of the Year Praise for The Letter for the King: 'A true page-turner' Sunday Times 'Brilliant, extraordinary' The Times 'A pulse-pounding epic... will keep all high-fantasy addicts riveted from the first page' Metro 'A real cracker... a wonderfully simple, wonderfully gripping story' Spectator 'A brilliantly epic tale' Sunday Express 'A medieval fantasy of the highest order, action-packed and atmospheric' Robert Dunbar, Irish Times 'This spellbinding classic of high fantasy never once flags' FinancialTimes 'A charming story told simply and captivatingly... the first English translation of a classic of European children's literature which... deserves to be richly treasured' Booktrust 'The plot is central, and extremely gripping, but the writing also delivers lovely detail and evocative description' Guardian Children's Books 'An absolute pleasure... immensely enjoyable... vivid and intelligent' newbooks 'My ten-year-old daughter says [it's] the best book she's ever read' CerysMatthews, Mail on Sunday 'Gripping...inspiring' -- Rachel Khoo This remarkable fantasy series, rich in colour, action and verbal virtuosity, was first published in 1963 and has been translated seamlessly from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson. Between the pages are all the essential and traditional ingredients of a timeless and heroic tale with its motifs of friendship, love, courage, loyalty, chivalry... and vile villainy. Lancashire Evening Post
Tonke Dragt was born in 1930 in Indonesia. When she was twelve, she was imprisoned in a Japanese camp during the war, where she wrote her very first book using begged and borrowed paper. After the war, she and her family moved to the Netherlands, where she became an art teacher. In 1962 she published her most famous story, The Letter for the King, which won the Children's Book of the Year Award and has been translated into sixteen languages. Its sequel, The Secrets of the Wild Wood, followed in 1965, and will be published by Pushkin Children's Books in 2015. Dragt was awarded the State Prize for Youth Literature in 1976 and was knighted in 2001.