By Susannah Appelbaum
Introducing a witty and macabre new myth trilogy.
There's little pleasure left within the nation of Caux: the evil King Nightshade ideas with bad tyranny and the legislation of the land is poison or be poisoned. Worse, eleven-year-old Ivy’s uncle, a recognized healer, has disappeared, and Ivy units out to discover him, joined via a tender taster named Rowan. yet those are corrupt instances, and the children—enemies of the realm—are now not on my own. What precisely do Ivy and Rowan’s pursuers wish? Is it Ivy’s prized crimson bettle, which, in contrast to the other gemstone in Caux, appears—impossibly—to be hole? Is it the elixir she concocted—the one with the mysterious therapeutic powers? Or may possibly or not it's Ivy herself?
Told with wry humor, The hole Bettle is the 1st installment within the Poisons of Caux trilogy, an impressive story of herbs and magic, tasters and poisoners.
From college Library Journal
Grade 5–9—This tale is determined in Caux, now governed by means of tyrannical King Nightshade. lower than his regime, the therapeutic arts were brushed aside in desire of poisonry. actually, averting being poisoned is an everyday main issue that has given upward thrust to a shadowy guild that trains and accredits specialist nutrition tasters. while 11-year-old Ivy's uncle—the final apothoepath healer within the kingdom—disappears, she units off to discover him, observed by way of Rowan, a lately graduated younger taster whose talents develop into suspect after the various king's males turn out poisoned whereas on his watch. Ivy includes a truly precise bettle, or gem, which has mysterious therapeutic powers. This strange item can be one cause she's being pursued via guards and the minions of Vidal Verjouce, the scary head of the Tasters' Guild, yet different purposes quickly come to gentle. The writing is shiny and there are numerous pleasant rules during this first novel, however the plot is dependent upon all-too-familiar delusion tropes utilized in unoriginal methods: a prophecy, an orphaned baby, and predictable kin relationships. nonetheless, the tale manages to stay compelling. a number of atmospheric black-and-white illustrations are included.—Tim Wadham, St. Louis County Library, MO
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So I hate her. " This was getting downright fascinating! " "A dead woman, naturally. " Ivy had always known the ghosts of Castle Roogna, but hadn't thought to question them about their lives. " "She's still here, of course. " "Oh, Renee! I hear her singing sometimes. " "Yes, she is often sad. But she's a wonderful person. " Ivy chided him. " Millie the Ghost had been a resident of Castle Roogna for eight centuries, until restored to life. She had married the Zombie Master and now had twin teen-aged children, Hiatus and Lacuna, who on occasion baby-sat for Ivy.
Humfrey she had to trust, even if she didn't want to. He knew everything anyway, or seemed to, that being his talent. Physically, he was now a child, so perhaps would not be inclined to betray her to the grown-ups. " Humfrey smiled in a too-knowing way. " "That's what I said," Ivy agreed uncomfortably. "No reason at all. So let's make this quick, before I get in trouble for even less reason if they discover I'm. gone. " "That will be one year's service," he informed her. " "Well, I've already added more than that to your life by enhancing Zora when she ages you, so we're even.
If she ate anything, would she be able to leave? She wasn't sure; the gourd had funny rules. So she exerted supreme control well beyond the call of little-girl duty and left the candy alone. She had a feeling she would regret this the rest of her life, but she couldn't take the chance. The night mares traveled through Xanth by going in one gourd and out another; there was always a gourd close by a sleeper who needed a bad dream. She had gone in at Castle Roogna; she needed to come out at the Good Magician's castle.