Midwinter Nightingale by Joan Aiken
(Wolves Chronicles)

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Dido and Simon are in danger in this new addition to the Wolves Chronicles. Dido, back in England from America, is almost instantly kidnapped and taken to a derelict mansion surrounded by a deadly moat. The evil baron residing there, who is also a werewolf, wants desperately to know where King Dick is hidden. For the king is dying, and the evil baron wants to put his own demented son on the throne. Meanwhile Simon is with the ailing king. Not only does King Dick want Simon to paint a portrait of him and his family, but Simon is also next in line for the throne. However, they do need to find the coronet for the ceremony that will crown Simon. Though the coronet is rumored to be in the derelict mansion where Dido is imprisoned, no one can find it. It’s one cliffhanging, hair-raising chapter after another in this tongue-in-cheek, devilishly delicious adventure.

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About Joan Aiken

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Joan Aiken, daughter of the American writer Conrad Aiken, was born in Rye, Sussex, England, and has written more than sixty books for children, including The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.
Published March 10, 2009 by Yearling. 258 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Strewing the proceeds with corpses (though keeping most of them offstage), Aiken sends the principals blundering through foggy marshes to a grand climax in which the schemers do each other in, and Simon suddenly, unwillingly finds himself the new king.

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Midwinter Nightingale by Joan Aiken 249pp, Jonathan Cape, £10.99 Midwinter Nightingale is the latest but not the last in the series of books that began with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, even though its author, Joan Aiken, died in January aged 79.

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"Sorrow and a magnificent bleakness suffuse this excellent addition to the saga begun with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase ," said PW in a starred review.

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