On an island of sandy beaches, dense jungles, and slumbering volcanoes, colonists seek to apply archaic laws to a new land, bounty hunters stalk the living for the ashes of their funerary pyres, and a smiling tribe is despised by all as traitorous murderers. It is here, in the midst of ancient tensions and new calamity, that two sisters are caught in a deadly web of deceits.
Arilou is proclaimed a beautiful prophetess—one of the island's precious oracles: a Lost. Hathin, her junior, is her nearly invisible attendant. But neither Arilou nor Hathin is exactly what she seems, and they live a lie that is carefully constructed and jealously guarded.
When the sisters are unknowingly drawn into a sinister, island-wide conspiracy, quiet, unobtrusive Hathin must journey beyond all she has ever known of her world—and of herself—in a desperate attempt to save them both. As the stakes mount and falsehoods unravel, she discovers that the only thing more dangerous than the secret she hides is the truth she must uncover.
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.80(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Frances Hardinge is the celebrated author of Fly By night, Well Witched, and The Lost Conspiracy. She spent her childhood in Kent, England, in a huge, isolated old house in a small, strange village, and from an early age she wrote stories filled with magic and vivid characters. Ms. Hardinge studied at Oxford University, where she was a founding member of a writers' workshop. This is her fourth novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Booktalk: In this fantasy novel, sisters Arilou and Haithin are bound together in a unique symbiotic relationship; they need one another. You see, Arilou is a Lost, meaning one that is capable of sending her senses, (sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell) away from her body. Arilou's ability to send her sight out to sea or over the land to see any danger coming toward their village is quite valuable to the villagers. But since she only speaks gibberish, Haithin is needed as her translator. When two Lost elders come to Arilou's village to test her powers, one mysteriously dies and the other is caught in a storm on the sea and presumed drowned. In retribution for those deaths, Haithin's village is destroyed along with most of the residents, although Haithin and Arilou escape. Because Arilou is considered responsible for the deaths of the Lost elders, Haithin must protect her seemingly mentally disabled Arilou on their clandestine and urgent journey to the capital to discover the real culprits of The Lost Conspiracy.
Have you ever been in the wilderness with a sister that can’t walk properly and had to escape a man that wants to kill you for your ashes? You may have not, but Haithin and her sister, Arilou, from The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge have. The two sisters’ tribe is killed and accused of murdering the Lost. The Lost are powerful people with amazing powers that allow them to do stuff when the let their mind leave their body to wander. Haithin has to avoid Prox, Jimboly, and the Ashwalker as she makes a harsh journey to where the Revengers live. She becomes a Revenger and in an attempt to avenge her tribes’ death. Haithin makes hard decisions and sometimes has to go against the people of her own tribe. I recommend this book to people who don’t get easily confused. Sneha S.
The story is good at making you identify with little Hathin who has emmense responsibility thrust on her shoulders. She had to speak for her sister - making things up and trying to be accurate. You can feel her anquish when her whole village is massacred. And you can feel her determination as she tries to figure out why. Very good book overall, but somewhat depressing at times.