A fantasy novel for young adults from award-winning author James Moloney.
Three children, Marcel, Nicola and Fergus, have been left mysteriously in an orphanage run by the kindly Mrs Timmins, but overseen by the fearsome wizard Lord Alwyn and his creature, Termagant.
With the aid of a special book, the Book of Lies, Marcel discovers he is not the person he has been told he is, and as it turns out nor are Nicola and Fergus. When the stranger Starkey arrives, the children's lives are turned in a new direction and Nicola and Fergus escape with him to find their real parents. Marcel is forced to stay behind, as he is bound to Lord Alwyn's creature by a ring. But with the help of his friend Bea and Gadfly, a horse with aspirations, Marcel manages to escape and join the others.
But something's not right. Is Starkey friend or foe? And is Lord Alwyn the evil wizard the children first thought? Then there's the mysterious Book of Lies - can it really tell truth from lies? Ages 10+