Quenarden – The Castle of Light, by Paula Vince

Nathan, Beth and Troy are still stranded in the land of Quenarden, where it is believed they will fulfil a prophecy and overthrow the scanator Pythos, a horrendous beast who controls the land.

In this, the second volume of the Quenarden trilogy, they are joined by Pedor Macaulay, the boy who was largely responsible for Nathan being taken prisoner by Pythos, but who has now repented. When Pedor uncovers a plot by Pythos to take all of the rebels prisoners, he must act to save them. But will they trust him enough after his previous deception?

The Castle of Light continues the story begun in the first of this trilogy, The Prophecies. The shift of perspective in this volume, where much of the action is seen from Pedor’s perspective, gives the reader fresh insight into this intriguing character. The developing drama as the youngsters move towards their goal of overcoming Pythos, will draw the reader in in and have them eagerly awaiting the next and final instalment.

Great reading for ages 12 and over.

Quenarden: the Castle of Light, by Paula Vince
Apple Leaf Books, 2002