Author(s): Brian Falkner
Fifteen-year-old Willem lives in hiding in a small Belgian village on the edge of the great Sonian Forest. Willem and his mother have been living in secret for most of his life since his father, a famous magician, fell out of favour with the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.
When a girl from the village is killed, it becomes obvious that there are hidden terrors in the forest and that they are connected with Napeoleon's plans to conquer Europe. But Willem has a secret that could interfere with the emperor's plans and Napoleon will stop at nothing to find him.
Winner of the Young Adults category of the 2016 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Brian Falkner was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, and now lives in Australia. He is the award-winning, best-selling author of several action-adventure novels, including the Recon Team Angel series and "Brainjack."