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Peter F. Hamilton Goes Young Adult with THE SECRET THRONE

I’m a huge fan of Peter F. Hamilton’s space operas. He’s also written the Greg Mandel science fiction detective series, which I have yet to read, and now he’s written a young adult fantasy novel.

The Secret Throne, due out in July, is the first book in a new YA series The Queen of Dreams. Here’s the synopsis. A larger cover appears below.

Taggie and her younger sister, Jemima, are just like any other girls their age. They live with their mum, go to school, play sports and spend their holidays with their dad in the countryside. But one day, everything changes …when a white squirrel wearing purple glasses turns up in their lives. The next thing the sisters know, their dad has been kidnapped, and it’s up to the girls to get him back. But it seems their father has been keeping some very large secrets from his young daughters, for their dad is no ordinary man. He is an otherworldly prince in exile, and the land he should be ruling, the First Realm, has been overthrown by the King of Night. Can Taggie and Jemima find their way between the worlds to save their father, and what other secrets has he been hiding? Before long, the sisters realize that it is not just their dad’s life at stake. It’s the future of a whole world.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Series: The Queen of Dreams (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books; Main Market Ed. edition (July 30, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 1447288653
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447288657
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2 Comments on Peter F. Hamilton Goes Young Adult with THE SECRET THRONE

  1. Can’t say I think much of the cover, but I’m interested to see what Peter does with this kind of story. I imagine the biggest challenge was turning in a story only 288 pages long. That’s usually about three chapters for him. 🙂

    • LOL!

      Yeah. I recall his more epic space operas having so many story-line wheels to spin up, it could seem like it takes forever to get started as a whole. Fortunately, he makes all of those threads interesting.

      I think the cover is appropriate given it’s YA…but yeah, for me the bigger draw is the name. 🙂

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