The Poison Throne

The Poison Throne

Celine Kiernan / Jul 17, 2019

The Poison Throne A friend A father A kingdom Which would you sacrifice Wynter returns from a five year exile in the bleak Northlands to find her beloved homeland in turmoil King Jonathan s civilised multicultural rea

  • Title: The Poison Throne
  • Author: Celine Kiernan
  • ISBN: 9781741758689
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
  • A friend A father A kingdom Which would you sacrifice Wynter returns from a five year exile in the bleak Northlands to find her beloved homeland in turmoil King Jonathan s civilised, multicultural realm is no the gibbets and cages have returned Days of laughter, friendly ghosts and gossipy cats remain only in Wynter s memory the present confronts her with poweA friend A father A kingdom Which would you sacrifice Wynter returns from a five year exile in the bleak Northlands to find her beloved homeland in turmoil King Jonathan s civilised, multicultural realm is no the gibbets and cages have returned Days of laughter, friendly ghosts and gossipy cats remain only in Wynter s memory the present confronts her with power play, dark torture chambers, violent ghosts, and cats those still alive too scared to talk to humans The Inquisition is a real and present danger.Crown Prince Alberon is missing There are murmurings of a Bloody Machine of untold destructive power And as Wynter and her friends, Prince Razi and the mysterious Christopher Garron, seek to restore stability to the fragile kingdom, risking death at every turn, Wynter is forced to make a terrible choice.Set in a fantastical medieval Europe, this is the first book in a compelling trilogy of court intrigue, adventure and romance It draws the reader in from the very first sentence and doesn t loosen its grip until the last.

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      • Celine Kiernan

        Celine Kiernan is an award winning author of fantasy novels for young adults Her critically acclaimed work combines fantasy elements with the exploration of political, humanitarian and philosophical themes She is best known for The Moorehawke Trilogy, a dark, complex trilogy of fantasy YA books set in an alternative renaissance Europe First published in Celine s native Ireland in 2008, the trilogy has since been published in 15 different territories, and translated into 10 different languages In 2009 the first book of the Moorehawke Trilogy, The Poison Throne, won The Readers Association of Ireland Award for best book it was included in the White Raven Collection and short listed for the 2009 Irish Book Awards in two categories Best Newcomer and Best Children s Book senior category In 2010 it was long listed for an Australian Silver Inky Award.Celine s fourth novel, Into the Grey aka Taken Away a YA ghost story set in 1970 s Ireland won the 2012 CBI Book of the Year formerly The Bisto award and the CBI Children s Choice Award It is the first book to have won both categories It won the RAI Book of the Year 2013, and has been shortlisted for the Sakura Medal English High 2014 In 2013 the Irish Times named it as one of the best children s books of the past 25 years.Born in Dublin, Ireland, 1967, Celine has spent the majority of her working life in the film business, and her career as a classical feature character animator spanned over seventeen years, before she became a full time writer.


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    1. (4-4.5 Stars)"A FRIEND. A FATHER. A KINGDOM. WHICH WOULD YOU SACRIFICE?" - from the book coverThe Poison Throne was a book that sucked me in at a time when I was struggling to connect to a book, and started a few just to put them aside. I didn't want to put this one aside but had to quite a bit because of work stresses. I had no trouble getting back into it though.Christopher? Aaaaahhh he just tugged at my heartstrings. I want to know him better! I really cared about Wynter, Christopher, Razi an [...]


    2. 6 Dec '12I feel I need to explain my rating for The Poison Throne, as it was not a terribly bad book. Parts of me liked it, but the larger half of me was just too disappointed to give it any more than two out of five. You see, I've been in a rut recently. Work, traveling to and fro between islands, project deadlines -- especially with financial closure coming soon -- I've been (and still am) really stressing out with no proper me time, and all I really wanted was to curl up somewhere nice and qu [...]


    3. This could have been a five star book. I'll start with the bad and then move to the good. There isn't much bad anyway. 1. Wynter. I do like her, but a few things annoyed me. I didn't mind that she started off arrogant and cold/calculating, because it was fun to watch her grow, however, two things bother me about her. The first is that she is homophobic and basically comes right out and says she might not love her brother if he were gay. That made me icky toward her--I don't care about the time p [...]


    4. Well, it's been that kind of month and the nasty reading slump in the middle of it did not help things in the slightest. I didn't want to ruin this read with my foul mood, so I started it early in the month, put it down again, and waited until things had picked up some before giving it a go. THE POISON THRONE--the first book in Celine Kiernan's Moorehawke Trilogy--is a book I eagerly anticipated picking up. I was especially excited as I had heard it likened to Megan Whalen Turner's Attolia books [...]


    5. Okay. How do I start.This book was so S**** that I injured my dog. No joke. I threw it and the damn thing decided to cause me some more internal damage by hitting my poor dog, Jersey.My dog is old.She's also very small.So when it hit her, she sort of flew into the air and hurtled into the pool.She's also never been in the pool before.Oh. And PS: she cant swim.I jumped in with my F****ing clothes on and got her. However, the book decided this wasnt enough- so while I left the damn cursed thing in [...]


    6. If it weren't for the drawn out ending, which took me almost a week to read, this would be a solid four star read. A character-driven fantasy, clearly part of a trilogy and not offering much conclusion in this first instalment, I very much enjoyed both the world and the characters. This book falls into the category of "more talk, less action", but until about 75 pages before the end, this didn't bother me at all. Very atmospheric, a wonderful father-daughter relationship that often brought me cl [...]


    7. More appropriately this could be considered historical fiction with fantasy overtones I suppose, but talking cats, infuriated ghosts and magic tends to make think 'fantasy' so fantasy it shalt be called. Also this is considered Young Adult by the author and most places I looked it up, I suppose since Wynter is 15 years old, Chris is 18 (I think) and Razi is 19 that makes sense, but I'll warn you for content regardless since it feels like there is more of the following than I normally read in YA. [...]


    8. Wow. Just wow. I was sucked in from the first few chapters. First I loved the setting. It’s an interesting blend of fantasy, some paranormal characteristics, and some “real life” qualities. What I mean by that is you have talking cats, ghosts, yet the setting is set someplace in Europe (not really specified). It’s hard to explain, but once you read into the book you get the idea. I thought this was interesting and different. The book may be slow to some. Yet I was so interested in the po [...]


    9. God, I LOVED THIS BOOK! Rarely nowadays do I get to read a novel for young people that is so mature and so well written! I've been reading way too many that are fluffy, unoriginal tales of two dimensional characters and love/obsession that has no basis, this reminded me of why I love to read books. (:What I loved about The Poison Throne was that it was one of those rare books where I got completely engrossed in the story, a type of epic fantasy/historical hybrid that swept me up from the first p [...]


    10. Blah, blah, blah. This book just plods along, never really telling you where it wants to go. The author keeps trying to throw in some 'machine' that none of the characters are allowed to talk about, perhaps trying to create mystery, but after a while, it just gets old. If you are going to dangle something in front of me, you have to tell me BEFORE I get bored. Bad timing. Also, the characters started out interesting, but then never developed into anything. Their actions seemed forced, there was [...]


    11. I cannot believe how good this book was! It isn't a kind of book you should rush to get to the end. I strongly recommend you savour every scene and every emotion each character exhibits. I felt with the characters, and to me this book read almost like literature. I don't know a YA book in similar genres that describes characters so well and so consistently. I am going to pace myself now and read the second book a bit later so that I won't have to wait for the third book too long. Am I being sill [...]


    12. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.After five years away on the King’s business, Wynter Moorehawke and Lorcan, her father, have returned to court. Though they are carpenters of common birth, they also serve their friend, King Jonathan, as Lord and Lady Protector. Wynter is excited to be reunited with her childhood friends Alberon and Razi, the King’s legitimate and illegitimate sons, respectively. They were like brothers to her and she and Lorcan were practically part of the King’s fa [...]


    13. Every once in a while you come across a book that satisfies everything your bibliophilic heart desires and demands in a good read. For me, it was The Poison Throne. It has been a while since I read it and unlike when I read Hunger Games, I didn’t rush to immediately write down my thoughts. Because I wanted to savour it. What I’m saying in my roundabout way is that if I were asked to name a best book of 2010 (for me) this would be it. Yes, I loved it that much. It begins with a homecoming and [...]


    14. Can't decide between a 4 or a 4.5. Finally! A fantasy book I can sink my teeth into (or hands, rather)! And it’s a YA one no less!I loved this book! I loved how all the characters are fully realized with their own faults and flaws but they have their own inner strengths that make them shine. Wynter is a pragmatic, tough, and a very determined heroine. I loved how she cares for her father and her friends. The fact that she does not wallow or mope about when things get hard is awesome. So tired [...]


    15. Wow. I hadn’t expected to enjoy “The Poison Throne” so much but I loved it. Admittedly, I found it difficult to get into at the start but found myself becoming more and more drawn in as the story progressed.Although marketed as a “tale of court intrigue, romance and adventure”, I found these labels somewhat misleading as it conjured up images of a swashbuckling, sword-wielding, young heroine in my mind. However, it was the emotions more so than the events of the novel that really capti [...]


    16. This epic fantasy series clearly ought not to have been published in three books, as the whole first book is a set-up for the doom to come. The main characters are engaging, especially Wynter and Ravi, with Christopher still something of an enigma. Although the book is written in third person we only are shown as much as Wynter knows, which means a lot of things are unclear, easy to misunderstand or guess work - like real life if you were in her situation. The information isn't spoon-fed - no Ga [...]


    17. Probably 4.5 stars but I am so excited to have a new series to love, I am rounding up.Things I loved:1. The setting, fantasy version of High Medieval Spain, I believe.2. The language.3. The fact that our protagonists are genuinely good people.4. CHRISTOPHER!!!!!!!!! I like Wynter (most of the time, occasionally I did want to smack her) and Lorcan and Razi. But my heart belongs to the charismatic and mistreated Christopher, who is so much my thing, it hurts!


    18. I loved the characters in this, and the fact that I couldn't ever tell where it was going-- not that I felt adrift in it, but just that it didn't follow the formula I've come to expect from alternate history/coming of age novels. I really liked the strong female lead character and her loving, tender relationships with her father and brother. It was nice to have characters whose strength comes from a supportive family rather than damaged characters who have to find their strength on their own-- b [...]


    19. 3.5 StarsThe Poison Throne is the first in a trilogy by Celine Kiernan and is set in an unique medieval fantasy world filled with ghosts and sarcastic cats. Apart from that, the characters are wonderfully written and the storyline intrigues the reader from start to finish.


    20. Wynter Moorehawke has just returned from the North (yep, it's just as vague as it sounds) to a court with a missing prince, a corrupt king, and an ailing father.Even after reading 500 pages of this book I still could not tell you much of the plot. It could've been massively condensed, and the pacing was all over the place. Wynter is an okay character but Razi and Christopher were the real interesting and multidimensional characters. At first I thought the name Wynter was just a trashy fantasy sp [...]



    21. Tja, hoeveel sterren ga ik dit boek geven? 2,5? 3? 3,5?Het is moeilijk.Dit boek heb ik tijdens mijn allereerste bezoek aan het Boekenfestijn gekocht, ik kwam vol enthousiasme binnen want boeken. Dit boek lag tussen de YA en ik las de achterkant, en dacht, hmm, dit klinkt wel oké. De prijs, 1,95. Nou, daar doe ik het wel voor. Dus ik gooide het zachtjes in mijn mandje en ging door.Toen kwam ik thuis en kreeg het een mooi plaatsje in de boekenkast. En dat was eigenlijk de laatste keer dat ik er e [...]


    22. Let me just start by saying, I loved this book! With that overarching opinion out of the way, I can understand why many people would not. If you dislike not fully understanding the world, this is not the story for you. The story feels REALLY confusing because we are dropped into the middle of this huge political minefield that we have no context for. However, it feels really authentic, because our main character Wynter is right along side us, though she has the benefit of understanding the game, [...]


    23. This book really captivates the reader with Wynter, the loveable, but slightly mysterious, heroine, who must travel far from her homeland in medieval Europe in order to stop the Inquisition. Accompanied by her childhood friends, Prince Alberon, and his half-brother, Razi, they must save their beloved hometown from dissolving into complete and utter chaos and destruction. These friends go on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, and form unbreakable bonds. They display love, caring, and friendship, whe [...]


    24. Oh, man. Where to even begin?I picked up the entire Moorehawke trilogy at a book sale for $1.50 and I am so happy I did not pay cover price for them. The entirety of The Poison Throne felt like a prologue that just kept going on for 475 pages. Kiernan completely disregarded the number one rule of writing: each book in a series should be able to stand alone. Beginning. Middle. End. This book, however, did little except explain a basic premise, introduce some characters, and never progressed to an [...]


    25. I really wanted to love this book. Not just because it sounded like the sort of book I should love--mystery, intrigue, romance, adventure--but because I picked it up in New Zealand, several months before it would even come out in the US. And while I usually depend on other people's recommendations for my reading selections, it would be nice, for once, to be on the cutting edge, to discover a gem before everyone else and be the one doing the recommending.The Poison Throne was decent. Its setting [...]


    26. The three books of the series are The Poison Throne, The Crowded Shadows and The Rebel Prince. I'm reviewing them together partly because it would be hard to write individual reviews without a ton of spoilersbut also because I was insanely addicted to the series and read all three books in a row, and in a ridiculously short amount of time. Oh - and fair warning - there will be gushing to follow.Here, friends. Here is a series to get lost in. This world, these peopleey don't let you keep them on [...]


    27. That ending. Made me cry. Like a baby. Never have I read a more touching and depressing and maudlin farewell. I could not do it. I could not be Wynter. No. Twoud be too difficult.I love Christopher: he is just too sly and dimpled and cute. His tragic past weans my heart slowly. Razi um. he annoyed me. His sudden mood changes appeared crudely put together- and i wished he would be less of dickhead.Locarn was beautiful. I love how the father is present in this story, ie the parents are not killed [...]


    28. Summary: several hundred pages of nothingFor a book that has so much potential I was disappointed with the execution of the story.I don't think I saw a page that was devoid of tears or heartfelt pangs. The emotion was jarring, slowed the pace and did not make sense for a book set in this period: it's a civilisation where the father of the protagonist was a 15-17 year-old soldier swapping strategy with Kings!In particular, the protagonist is a high-ranking apprentice carpenter - an amazing feat f [...]


    29. I just finished this book. It was a great read. Full of tension and a little bit of mystery (what EXACTLY is the Bloody Machine?)Also, I think Ms. Keirnan depicts her characters as if they were real people. (I mean, does anyone else find it refreshing that Wynter is freaked out about going to speak with a tortured ghost? Or when Chris is sick from having witnessed a man be tortured? I don't know about any of you, but that made me love the characters way more than if they were depicted as overly [...]


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