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  • Published: 28 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9780143776727
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

Truthmaker




The sequel to Maurice Gee’s The Severed Land, written by Tony Chapelle, authorised and endorsed by Maurice Gee

‘This sequel captures the essence of my novel and takes my characters on a tense and dangerous journey through the world of The Severed Land.’ - Maurice Gee

Picking up where The Severed Land left off, this suspense-filled novel continues the story of the brave ex-slave Fliss. Despite her idyllic new life behind the safety of the wall, she can’t help longing for someone special of her own. That's when a young man appears, preaching peace and unity.

His arrival, however, is about to send Fliss and her friend Minnie back through the wall on a hazardous mission. There’s danger at every corner, perilous journeys and the constant threat of betrayal and capture.

  • Published: 28 September 2021
  • ISBN: 9780143776727
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 208

About the author

Tony Chapelle

Tony Chapelle has had a professional life as a historian, mainly in schools and universities in the South Pacific. Over the past few decades he has concentrated on creative writing, and has published Original Sin, a book of short stories, many of them award-winning, and a sequence of four novels for adults: Merely a Girl, The Youngest Son, A Distant Belonging, and Kindred. He lives in Palmerston North with his daughter and granddaughters.

NZ Booklovers
wrote of Kindred, his most recent work: ‘This is a beautiful book from start to finish. It is polished and perfectly weighted . . . . So sad, and so beautifully captured by the writer.’ He has been short-listed and won a number of New Zealand short story competitions and was awarded a NZ Society of Authors mentorship with Sue McCauley. Maurice Gee described the character of Chapelle’s first novel as ‘tough, energetic, frustrated, vulnerable and not always admirable. A thoroughly believable young woman.’

Praise for Truthmaker

A thoroughly enjoyable read, Chapelle’s continuation of Gee’s fictional world is as exciting, beautifully imagined and affecting as the original. The vivid descriptions of the dark and dangerous backstreets of Galp, teeming with thieves and jackers, mirror the inner tensions of our heroes Fliss and Minnie. . . . The pursuit to uncover the ultimate purpose of the Truthmaker’s mission serves as a journey of self-discovery for Fliss. She must learn to trust her judgement and intuition, make sense of her hopes and desires, and begin to fully comprehend the world and her place within it, politically and personally. The history of this fictional land is complex and in the way of the best fantasy writing, it is often reminiscent of our own–in its depiction of the effects of colonisation, the danger of wide-spread misinformation and the enduring importance of knowledge and solidarity.Full of brave, vibrant characters and unexpected twists, I’d recommend it to anyone seeking an easy-going fantasy experience that delivers on adventure, authentic world-building and has a message of intersectionality at its core.

Amber Louise, Kete

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