The Poisons of Caux: The Hollow Bettle, Book 1

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Random House Children's Books, Aug 11, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 416 pages
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Introducing a witty and macabre new fantasy trilogy.

There's little joy left in the kingdom of Caux: the evil King Nightshade rules with terrible tyranny and the law of the land is poison or be poisoned. Worse, eleven-year-old Ivy’s uncle, a famous healer, has disappeared, and Ivy sets out to find him, joined by a young taster named Rowan. But these are corrupt times, and the children—enemies of the realm—are not alone. What exactly do Ivy and Rowan’s pursuers want? Is it Ivy’s prized red bettle, which, unlike any other gemstone in Caux, appears—impossibly—to be hollow? Is it the elixir she concocted—the one with the mysterious healing powers? Or could it be Ivy herself?

Told with wry humor, The Hollow Bettle is the first installment in the Poisons of Caux trilogy, an astonishing tale of herbs and magic, tasters and poisoners.


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User Review  - sensitivemuse - LibraryThing

What I really liked was the world building. The journey Rowan and Ivy go through was well described and their encounters with different characters was well done. I loved the different settings and ... Read full review

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After the poisoning of his daughter, King Verdigris of Caux turned his back on his kingdom and hasn't been seen since. This has left Caux at the mercy of King and Queen Nightshade ( the Deadly ... Read full review

Contents

Of Poisons and Tasters
2
Mr Flux Arrives
3
Poison Ivy
14
The Deadly Nightshades
20
Soup
24
Aqua Artilla
35
The Field Quide
40
The Worse of Two Tasters
44
Departure
230
Sky top Calory
233
The End of the Line
239
The Alines
246
The Hollow Bettle 233
255
The Qate
260
The Hanging Qardens
268
The Maze
274

Rowan Truax
49
The Trestle
54
Axlerod D Roux
65
The Cinquefoil
69
The Doorway
76
Pimcaux
83
The Return of Shoo go Chapter 15 Repose
97
Flight
100
The Director
108
Arsenious
112
The Terrible Tonic
119
Southern Wood
126
The Bettle Boar
136
Underwood
143
The Amber Room
149
Poisonry 136
156
The Dungeon
163
The Royal Cobbler
171
Prisoner No 11802
177
The Potion
186
Bearing Stones
195
Windwhippers
202
The Mildew Sisters
212
The Lien
223
The Hedgehog
278
Sorrel Flux
284
The Knox
287
The Estate
297
Mithrodites
300
Peps D Roux
306
The Invitation
312
Not One but Two
318
Arrivals
323
Preparations
327
The Quest of Honor
332
The Tapestries
335
The Hunt
340
The Menu
345
Poppy
352
Axle
362
The Kitchen of the King
366
The Wind
373
The Prophecy
378
Reunion
383
Epilogue Final Words
393
Appendix
399
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About the author (2009)

Susannah Appelbaum lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and their two young children. This is her first novel.


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