From the multi-million-bestselling author, Katherine Rundell, comes her lastest children's novel, Impossible Creatures, the first in a new magical fantasy adventure series about mythical creatures. And who better to illustrate this title than Tomislav Tomic, our go-to expert on mythical creatures.
Whilst Christopher is visiting his reclusive grandfather in the Scottish Highlands, he meets a unicorn racing down a hill, a hill that he had been told not to climb. Soon he is hurling himself into a magical realm, the Archipelago, a cluster of magical islands and the home of magical creatures including dragons and mermaids. They have been protected from being discovered for thousands of years; now, terrifyingly, the protection has worn thin, and creatures are breaking through.
Then a girl called Mal appears in Christopher's world, she has a magical flying coat and is being pursued by a killer and is herself in pursuit of a baby griffin. Mal, Christopher and the griffin embark on an urgent quest across the wild splendour of the Archipelago, where sphinxes hold secrets and centaurs do murder, to find the truth - with unimaginable consequences for both their worlds. Together the two must face the problem of power, and of knowledge, and of what love demands of us.
Impossible Creatures shines a light on the existential terrors that face the next generation, the creatures of the Archipelago are dying and it is left to young Christopher and Mal to save them.
With exquisite illustrations by Tomislav from the Al-miraj to the Unicorn, along with the chapter head icons - this series promises to become a future classic.
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Cover illustration by Daniel Egnéus.