The Lion Hunter by Elizabeth Wein
(Mark of Solomon)

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It is the sixth century in Aksum, Africa. Young Telemakos?King Arthur?s half-Ethiopian grandson?is still recovering from his ordeal as a government spy in the far desert, trying to learn who was breaking the Emperor?s plague quarantine. Before he is fully himself again, tragedy and menace strike, and he finds himself sent, with his baby sister, Athena, to live with Abreha, the ruler of Himyar?a longtime enemy of the Aksumites, now perhaps a friend. His aunt Goewin, Arthur?s daughter, warns him that Abreha is a man to be wary of, someone to watch carefully. Telemakos promises he will be mindful?but he does not realize that Goewin?s warnings are not enough to protect him.

The Sunbird (?Intense, absorbing, and luminously written,? Kirkus Reviews, starred review) was the first book about Telemakos. The Lion Hunter continues his story, to be quickly followed by The Empty Kingdom?a two-book sequence called The Mark of Solomon.


About Elizabeth Wein

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Elizabeth E. Wein lives in Perth, Scotland.
Published June 14, 2007 by Viking Juvenile. 208 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Two of the strands that Wein weaves so expertly concern Telemakos dealing with the loss of his arm and what he suffered in The Sunbird (2004) and his struggles with his small sister, a colicky and high-strung baby who will not be comforted by any but him.

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Telemakos's unhappy mother is taking the opium meant for Telemakos, and his father is prowling around restlessly, worried about the plague quarantine that is meant to preserve the empire.

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Historical Novel Society

This novel for young adult readers is the fourth in Wein’s ongoing Arthurian/Aksumite cycle, which began with The Winter Prince (1993).

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