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  • Published: 1 June 2004
  • ISBN: 9781740519090
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $16.99

Snow, Fire, Sword




A race against time to the very heart of an explosive secret... the truth about Snow, Fire and Sword.

A race against time to the very heart of an explosive secret... the truth about Snow, Fire and Sword.

Dewi has never ventured beyond her village in the highlands of Jayangan, where she lives a comfortable life with her father, the respected village healer. But one day while working in the rice fields, she stumbles across Adi, an apprentice sword-maker, alone and hiding from the bloodthirsty bandits who kidnapped his beloved master. When Dewi's father also goes missing, she seeks the advice of the powerful tiger-people who watch over her village, but even they can see only so far through the cloud of sorcery that hangs over the kingdom. They leave her with a cryptic message: she and Adi must discover the true meaning of Snow, Fire and Sword before they can find her father and the other missing elders and reveal the truth about the danger that threatens Jayangan.

Set against the backdrop of a mythical Indonesia, in a world where magic and sorcery are an everyday reality, SNOW, FIRE, SWORD is a gripping quest that will leave fantasy fans breathless.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2004
  • ISBN: 9781740519090
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $16.99

About the Author

Sophie Masson

Sophie Masson was born in Indonesia of French parents and was brought up in France and Australia. A bilingual French and English speaker, she has a master’s degree in French and English literature.

Sophie is the prolific and award-winning author of more than fifty novels for children, young adults and adults, many of which have been published internationally. Her most recent novels with Random House Australia are the YA fairytale novels Moonlight and Ashes (2012), Scarlet in the Snow (2013) and The Crystal Heart (2014). She has also written under the pen-names Isabelle Merlin and Jenna Austen.

Sophie is Chair of the Australian Society of Authors, Chair of the New England Writers' Centre, President of the New England and North West sub-branch of the Children's Book Council of Australia, and has served on the Literature Board of the Australia Council and the Book Industry Collaborative Council. She is also currently a writer ambassador for Room to Read Australia.

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Praise for Snow, Fire, Sword

“A very intriguing story, and I enjoyed the setting enormously. Like all Sophie's work, this has a real story-telling intelligence directing it, and a true and vivid sense of what makes a fascinating narrative. And what I like especially is that it isn't the usual fantasy setting, but something quite original. I loved the combination of ancient mythology with modern things like cars and motorbikes. I hope it does very well, because it certainly deserves to.”

Philip Pullman, author of HIS DARK MATERIALS

“This is a magical tale … a delightful, well-written book drawing on Indonesian myth and fantasy, particularly intriguing to Australian readers. There is a strong ending drawing all threads together, but Masson does not shrink from giving a dark twist to the tale.”

Aurealis Awards Judges' Report 2004

“This is a great story . . . I love all the different identities and how everyone is different . . . I hope for a sequel that is just like this.”

Samantha Currie, aged 11, Book Buddies Club.

“Finalist”

2004 Aurealis Awards in Fantasy Novel and Children's Novel - Long Fiction


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