Author(s): Sherryl Jordan
Fox is a fringe dweller, with a T branded on his cheek that marks him a thief. He lives on his wits and moves from village to village. As the story opens he sees a commotion and finds Wynter, chained by her father, working as a water diviner. She finds water for the drought-strapped village, but they turn on her and want to burn her as a witch.
Fox rescues her and together they flee. They dream of finding a safe place they can lsettle and resolve the unanswered questions about their past. But she is being pursued... and he is a thief.
Finalist in the Young Adult Fiction Award for the 2020 NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
Books have been my life’s passion since I was a child. I created my first book when I was four years old – a mermaid story told in pictures, on a notebook of blue paper. Between my school days and the age of forty I wrote twelve novels and numerous picture books, though none were accepted for publication. It was my 13th novel – Rocco – that became my first published novel, and the beginning of my career as an author.
My greatest joy is in writing stories set in the ancient world. I have also written several novels set in fantasy worlds. I am drawn to the simplicity of life in Medieval times – the people’s connection with the land and seasons, and the superstitions and beliefs that governed their daily lives. Also, I am intrigued by the tragic ignorance of Medieval justice, and the tension between superstition and rationality. My stories are inspired by ordinary folk trapped within that tension – people who are different, who must struggle against superstition and ignorance, prejudice and injustice, in order to live out their true destiny, and become the people they were born to be.