The winner of the 2015 Text Prize is an epic story of the battle between good and evil, set during the Crusades and featuring an unforgettable teen hero and heroine.
Tuscany, 1096 AD. Luca, young heir to the title of Conte de Falconi, sees demons. Since no one else can see them, Luca must keep quiet about what he sees, or risk another exorcism by the nefarious priest Ramberti.
Luca also has dreams—dreams that sometimes predict the future. Night after night Luca sees his father murdered, and vows to stop it coming true. Even if he has to go against his father's wishes and follow him on the great pilgrimage to capture the Holy Lands.
Far away in Cappadocia, Suzan has dreams too. Consigned with her mute mother to a life in an underground convent, she has a vision of a brown-haired boy riding through the desert. A boy with an ancient book that holds some inscrutable power. A boy who will take her on an adventure that will lead to places beyond both their understanding.
Together, Luca and Suzan will realise their true quest: to defeat the forces of man and demon that wish to destroy the world.
About the Author
Kimberley Starr is a teacher and author based in Melbourne. Her debut novel, The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies, won the 2003 Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Best Emerging Author. She has a degree in mediaeval literature, and travelled through Turkey and Israel to research The Book of Whispers.
'A stunning mix of high action, enthralling history and mesmerising magic.' Alison Goodman, author of New York Times bestsellers Eon and Eona
'The Book of Whispers combines history, fantasy, romance and the brutality of the Middle Ages in a satisfyingly epic novel.' Books + Publishing
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 3rd October 2016
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 19.6