Basilisk by N. M. Browne

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This evocative story of greed, power, and deception sweeps from the underground cave network of the Combers, living like spiders among the endless tunnels and ropes, to the beautiful city inhabited by Abovers. When a young man named Rej discovers the body of a murdered Abover in the combes, their worlds begin to draw closer. He swears vengeance for the murdered man and takes a great risk in going above. There he is placed in the care of Donna, a beautiful young woman trapped in her life as a worker. Food and clothing are rationed, while slaves and workers are forced to live in meager barracks. But Rej and Donna have more in common than a miserable existence; they have weirdly identical dreams of dragons flying in a clear blue sky. They are even more surprised to learn that the city's cruel leader, the Arkel, is determined to find a way to bring just such dreams to life in order to literally scare the population to death. The connection Rej and Donna make leads them on a dramatic adventure to save their loved ones from the Arkel's terrifying plans. N. M. Browne has created an unforgettable world in this richly layered narrative.

About N. M. Browne

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N. M. Browne is a huge fantasy fan and is committed to and passionate about writing quality books for children. She lives in London, and is the author of Hunted, Warriors of Alavna, and Warriors of Camlann.
Published March 15, 2004 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. 320 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Rej, a comber from the squalid caves beneath the city of Lunnzia, and Donna, the courtesan’s daughter, form an unlikely alliance to bring back dragons and save the world in this appealing dark fantasy.

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In Browne's (Hunted ) dark and slow-moving fantasy, the subterranean world of Below is a dog-eat-dog realm populated by outcasts, just beneath the beautiful city of Lunnzia, home to the Abovers.

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