A beautiful story from the multi-award winning author of THE HUNT FOR NED KELLY.
When the people of a small village discover that Catou can mysteriously change her shape to become a cat, she is tried as a witch until Frederic, the miller's son, steps forward to defend her and they are banished together. For a while they live by their wits alone; then Catou disguises Frederic as the noble Marquis of Carabas from Spain, and herself as his manservant Serafin. They enter the Court of Tenebran, a strange place of sumptuous wealth set in an impoverished and starving land, where Balze, the manservant of the Lord, holds sway. Yet he is not what he seems, and in learning the truth, Catou has to confront not only the diabolic nature of Balze's evil, but also her own identity and the destiny to which she has journeyed since she was born
'Masson writes with intelligence and elegance.' - THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN
'Sophie Masson understands the beauty of magic and the magic of beauty.' - LLOYD ALEXANDER
'Masson's narrative is resplendent with surges of lyricism.' - READING TIME
Sophie Masson was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, to French parents. She has spent most of her life going back and forth between Australia and France. Sophie writes for adults, teenagers and children, she is published in Australia, the US and Italy as well as the UK. Winner of the Australian Young Adult Aurealis Science Fiction and Fantasy Award and shortlisted for many others, she has also written for stage, radio and newspapers, magazines and literary journals. She is still fluently bilingual and frequently returns to France to visit family. She lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and three children. Sophie is the Australian correspondent for ACHUKA website. http://www.achuka.co.uk