The Hollow Bettle

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 399 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 Bettleis 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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User Review  - VioletBramble - LibraryThing

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

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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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