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By Peter Dickinson

An exhilarating new experience for teens via the world over celebrated and prizewinning writer, Peter Dickinson. Nigel's father is the British ambassador in Dirzhan, a small kingdom up one of the mountains manner out east. It has one foot within the center a long time and one within the age of the net. Its nationwide delusion is named The Vengeance of the Khan. On his first morning there he settles down write his web publication. He's off to a great commence, invited to go to the Khan's daughter Taeela, a true princess dwelling in a true palace. Her father principles Dirzhan with an iron fist. His everyone is divided into feuding clans. part his military isn't really to be depended on. His palace is riddled with mystery passages. just one outdated guy understands the place they run. It isn't lengthy prior to Nigel and Taeela desire his aid, to flee from the lads who've killed her father, after which make their manner via a rustic in turmoil, locate pals up within the mountains and go back with a band of fans to these haunted passages in order that Taeela can re-enact that historical delusion. The vengeance of the Khan. here's a rip-roaring experience tale, an international unique yet completely plausible, a solid of attention-grabbing characters. in brief, a narrative through Peter Dickinson on the best of his shape.

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They’re staking their lives on it …” Mizhael’s voice trailed away. Nigel slightly spotted. He was once observing Taeela. She back his glance, intentionally blank-faced, now not pitiful or pleading or attempting to positioned any strain on him. yet at the back of the masks … He had obvious her weeping after her father’s demise, yet even within the pit of distress she were undefeated, defiant. now not now. Her one probability was once long gone, and he or she knew it. A second in the past he had heard her arguing with all her soul-force that he has to be allowed to maintain his promise to his father. She’d stood by way of him, even though she should have identified what it will probably suggest. He swallowed. “All right,” he croaked. “I’ll come. ” They understood with out translation. the stress eased. Murmurings started. “Wait,” he stated. “Tell them I’m breaking my promise to my father … That’s an immense deal. i would like anything in alternate …” The pauses for translation gave him time to imagine. “I be aware of why you actually need me in in this. I don’t think in it myself, yet that doesn’t make any distinction … It isn’t going to paintings, is it, when you've got to tie me up and drag me in addition to you? i must come of my very own unfastened will … And there’s received be a cause of me being there, like assisting you discover your method round the mystery passages … “Well, I’ll do all that supplied you promise me that there’ll be as little struggling with as attainable, and also you won’t shoot a person except you totally need to … in the event that they commence taking pictures at you you’ll need to shoot again i assume, yet like I say, as low as attainable … Stuff like settling outdated feuds, that’s out. correct …? ” He waited, allowing them to take it in. The Akhlavals didn’t love it in any respect. Judging his second he went on. “You too, Khanazhana. You said taking vengeance in your father’s murderers … along with your personal palms … That’s out … you could arrest them and placed them on trial—I wish you do—but that’s it … i believe they’re overall bastards they usually deserve every thing that’s coming to them, yet in contrast to that … when you can’t promise me that, then I’m out … Is it a deal, Khanazhana? ” They stared at one another. the lads muttered between themselves and fell silent. Nigel used to be strongly aware of them, full-grown adults, approximately to hazard their lives at the final result of what could have been a playground argument among young ones. Taeela nodded slowly, two times. “It is a deal, Nigel,” she whispered. He walked around the desk and provided her his hand, palm up. “Word of the Khan, Taeela? ” he acknowledged. She took it among either one of hers. “Word of the Khan, Nigel,” she acknowledged firmly, and repeated the oath in Dirzhani. there has been a skinny moon environment within the western sky because the quad motorcycle climbed the spur and halted on the platform. “What are you going to inform them? ” stated Mizhael as he organize the dish. This used to be the instant Nigel had felt in poor health in his abdominal approximately from the instant Taeela had given him her note, worse even than the full hideous company of going alongside in this loopy, very unlikely experience. He couldn’t inform his mom and dad the reality. He loathed the assumption of mendacity to them. “We’re going elsewhere and there isn’t a safe line there, so whoever’s listening will recognize the place we're.

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