A fine novel from Witi Ihimaera in which a great story about a feisty teenager is interwoven with a dazzling trip through Maori mythology. Stroppy teenager Skylark O'Shea is on holiday with her mother at a town on the coast. But all is not what it seems. What is the threat facing the town and the birds of the forest? Where do the two old charismatic Maori women Hoki and Bella fit in? Skylark becomes embroiled in a prophecy that much to her dismay involves her in an extraordinary journey. Soon she is pitting her wits in a race of breathtaking dimension, a dazzling trip through Maori mythology. This novel by Witi Ihimaera is fascinating and unique. At one level it is a romp and a rollercoaster ride that sometimes reminds you of Lord of the Rings. At other levels it is a brilliant accomplishment of combining this with new ways of exploring Maori myth. This is probably the first time that traditional Maori legend has been successfully integrated into a work of fiction in a work that completely works. And Witi is probably the only writer who could have carried it off.
Bestselling author of The Uncle's Story, The Dream Swimmer, Bulibasha, Nights in the Gardens of Spain and The Matriarch. A wonderful writer who has enjoyed a heightened profile as a result of the success of the film of his novel The Whale Rider.
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