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Omar didn’t choose to be the tyrant’s heir - but if he has courage, he can choose his fate...

Omar didn’t choose to be the tyrant’s heir - but if he has courage, he can choose his fate...

Omar didn't ask to be the nephew of the ruthless dictator of Mesomia - and he certainly doesn't want to inherit a country whose people are in fear for their lives. He hasn't a choice, though - until the day he is saved from a deadly ambush by Latifa, a beggar girl. When his uncle places Latifa under a Spell of Darkness, Omar can't stand by and watch his rescuer die. Neither can Ketta, Latifa's white cat and a jinn in disguise.

Together, the two embark on an extraordinary adventure to find the spell's antidote - through the eerie, hostile marshlands, then flying on an enchanted carpet to the perilous mountain stronghold of a rebel werewolf clan. But they must face their greatest danger when they return to the palace.

Balancing on a knife-edge - at the mercy of the tyrant's terrifying mood swings and cruel punishments, the evil Secretary's machinations, and the rebels' own plans for the fate of the country - Omar will learn the true meaning of courage before his journey is over.

Reviews

Masson's simple story is, in a sense, one of the oldest stories of all, that of the love, courage and hopes of small people overcoming evil. It is the passion and sincerity with which she tells it that make it so engaging.

Ronni Phillips, The Canberra Times

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  • Paperback

    9781741660593

    June 1, 2006

    Random House Australia Children's

    272 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • EBook

    9781742747828

    February 1, 2012

    Random House Australia

    266 pages

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