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A fairy-tale infused historical novel for adults set in the late 18 th century, moving between Imperial China and France during the ‘Terror’ of the French Revolution, and inspired by the true story of a quest for a blood-red rose.

The novel will draw upon ‘The Blue Rose,’ a fairy tale set in China about a quest for an impossible rose.

The Starthorn Tree

The Starthorn Tree

  • Title: The Starthorn Tree
  • First Published: May 2002 / June 2005
  • Publisher: Pan MacMillan Australia
  • ISBN: 0330363484 / 0330421875
  • Pages: 464

Pedrin is a hearthkin boy, forced to labour for the hated starkin Lisandre is a starkin princess, living in luxury in the Castle of Estelliana
Briony is a foundling child brought up by a wildkin witch
Durrik can tell the future ...

The young Count of Estelliana lies in an enchanted sleep and no-one can wake him. Durrik, the son of the town bellringer, foretells the Count will die if he is not woken before the last petal falls from the starthorn tree.

The Lord Regent is enraged by Durrik's prophecy and so he and his best friend Pedrin find themselves catapulted into the greatest adventure of their lives. On the run, pursued through the Perilous Forest by the Regent's soldiers, they seek to find the truth behind the curse that has struck down the Count.

That same night, the count's beautiful and haughty sister Lady Lisandre escapes the castle, in company with her serving-maid Briony. Lisandre is determined to break the spell upon her brother, and Briony knows of a witch who has a magic pool where one can find the answer to any question ...