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  • Published: 1 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742747828
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 266

The Tyrant's Nephew




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.

  • Pub date: 1 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742747828
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 266

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 The Tyrant's Nephew

“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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