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Secret of Dreadwillow Carse (Hardcover) (Brian Farrey)
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A princess and a peasant girl must embark on a dangerous quest to defeat a dire warning foretelling the fall of the Monarchy in this thrilling modern fairy tale. In the center of the verdant Monarchy lies Dreadwillow Carse, a black and desolate bog that the happy people of the land do their best to ignore. Little is known about it, except for one dire warning:If any monarch enters Dreadwillow Carse, then the Monarchy will fall. Twelve-year-old Princess Jeniah, who awaits coronation at the bedside of her gravely ill mother, the queen, yearns to understand the mysterious warning. What could the marsh possibly conceal that might topple her family’s thousand-year reign of peace and prosperity?Meanwhile, in the nearby town of Emberfell, where everyone lives with unending joy, a girl named Aon hides a sorrow she can never reveal. She knows thatsomething in the carse--something that sings a haunting tune only Aon can hear--holds the cure for her sadness. Yet no matter how many times she tries to enter, the terror-inducing dreadwillow trees keep her away.After a chance meeting, Princess Jeniah and Aon hatch a plan to send Aon into the heart of the carse to unlock its darkest secret. But when Aon doesn’t return, a guilt-stricken Jeniah must enter the carse to try and rescue her friend--even if it means risking the entire Monarchy.The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse weaves together classic fairy-tale elements--a prophecy, a forbidden land, and a dangerous quest--in a clever, fast-paced adventure that explores the importance of asking questions and the power of friendship.