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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 Starkin Crown

The Starkin Crown

Prince Peregrine bears the blood of wildkin, hearthkin and starkin, and so is the only hope for peace

Jack is a hearthkin boy, and his faithful squire and best friend

Lady Grizelda is a starkin girl, come to warn them of coming danger

Prince Peregrine, rightful heir to the starkin and wildkin crowns, longs for adventure. But Vernisha the Vile, who seized the starkin throne, seeks to destroy Peregrine, his family, and all the wildkin of Ziva.

With Stormfell Castle besieged, Peregrine flees with his best friend, Jack, and Lady Grizelda – a starkin girl who risked her life to warn them of the coming attack. Together they seek the long-lost Spear of the Storm King, once prophesised to be the only weapon able to destroy the starkin throne.

But danger is never far behind. A hunter is on their trail, and someone close doesn’t want them to succeed …


The Starkin Crown is the magical conclusion to The Starthorn Tree and The Wildkin’s Curse.

A rollicking fantasy with three young heroes at the centre, who encounter fearsome beasts, murder, and betrayal in their desperate desire to protect what is right and save the ones they love most.
Deborah Abela

‘This is the kind of book that I would have completely adored as a kid. It would be broken-spined, full of bent pages and stains from being carried around and read over and over and over. I really can't recommend this enough for young readers!’
The Book Nerd Club

‘I absolutely loved The Starkin Crown and if you are an avid fantasy reader you will love it too’
Momo – Celebrating Time to Read

Inspirations Behind the Starkin Crown