Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Good Reads: The Hollow Bettle
Title: The Hollow Bettle
Author: Susannah Applebaum
*Poisons of Caux: The Hollow Bettle is a 2010 Battle of the Book selection.
Ivy Manx lives in a world where poison is an everyday danger. Under King Nightshade, healers have been driven away and poison is the accepted way of life - so much so that professional tasters are in abundance to ensure food is safe to eat. When Ivy's uncle, a healer, fails to return from an attempt to heal the king, she finds herself on the run from royal guards and in the company of a young taster named Rowan, who's skills are questionable, and her bettle, which seems to have some magical qualities. Then there is that prophecy about the one who will heal the king...
The Hollow Bettle is the first book in the Poisons of Caux series. It is a fun fantasy tale that is rich in action and adventure. Applebaum keeps the story moving, but is also very adept and keeping the details in abundance to flesh out her world. The Hollow Bettle is a great read that will have you ready for the next offering in the series: The Tasters Guild (release date: August 10)!
Poisons of Caux: The Hollow Bettle is located in YA Fiction: