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The Wintrish Girl : Talismans of Fate Book 1 (CBCA Notable Book 2023) - Melanie La'Brooy

The Wintrish Girl

Talismans of Fate Book 1 (CBCA Notable Book 2023)

By: Melanie La'Brooy

Paperback | 30 August 2022

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A wildly fun debut about not quite belonging, forging your own path and finding your true home.

On Talisman Day in the Province of Arylia, all children receive powerful objects that change their lives forever. All children except for the Wintrish servant girl Penn, that is.

Bound to the spoiled Princess Seraphine since birth, Penn has never known her true family. While she longs to return to her own Province of Midwinter and find them, she knows that all her future holds is a lifetime of loneliness.

But a long-forgotten evil is stirring, and destinies are about to change ...

When the Princess is kidnapped, Penn is forced to run for her life to clear her own name. With the help of some unexpected friends and a dragon with a fear of unicorns, she faces deadly peril and formidable foes. But can one ordinary Wintrish girl save the day?

Because without a Talisman, there's no changing your fate - is there?

About the Author

Melanie La'Brooy is an Australian author who has previously written five novels for adults, which were published in Australia by Penguin Books and internationally. For several years, Melanie regularly contributed political columns to the Melbourne newspaper, The Age, and did book reviews on ABC radio in Melbourne. Over the past twelve years she has lived in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East with her family. Melanie wrote this story for her three children who, like Penn, aren't quite sure where they fit into the world sometimes either.
Industry Reviews
‘La’Brooy has created a sophisticated world that uses tropes of the fantasy genre, while creating a fresh, captivating adventure... a page-turning story that fans of Nevermoor will particularly enjoy.’
Books+Publishing

‘As well as being an addictive page-turner this story has strong emotions at its core... A welcome original addition to the fantasy genre.’
Storylinks

‘Represents the best of fantasy adventure writing. Move over Harry Potter! We have our own Australian fantasy writer now... La’Brooy has the reader hanging on the edge of their seat throughout the action-packed The Wintrish Girl
ReadPlus

‘Explores high fantasy archetypes of identity, light and dark and the quest. It has moments of unexpected humour and layers of meaning that are perfectly integrated into a riveting, wondrous story.’
Joy Lawn, Paperbark Words

‘Sensational... An original fantasy novel that is going to tick all the boxes. If you're hankering for a world to dive into, you're going to love The Wintrish Girl.’
Oliver Phommavanh

‘This is a fast-paced, funny, wonderful adventure fantasy story. It has great characters and amazing animal friends, together with evil adversaries, that make this a hard book to put down… I can’t wait for Book Two.’
Lamont

‘Sweet, clever and humorous, a reader bounces from page to page on a fast-paced journey to outwit evil forces.’
School Library Association of NSW

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