Thorn Castle

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Thorn Castle
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Author Ian Irvine
Illustrator D. M. Cornish
Cover artistD. M. Cornish
Country Australia
Language English
SeriesThe Sorcerer's Tower
Genre Fantasy novel
PublisherOmnibus Books
Publication date
March 2008
Media typePrint (Paperback)
ISBN 978-1-86291-658-6
OCLC 225343978
Followed byGiants Lair 

Thorn Castle is a children's fantasy novel by Australian author Ian Irvine. It is the first of The Sorcerer's Tower series. [1] [2] The Sorcerer's Tower was a finalist for the 2008 Aurealis Award for best children's (8–12 years) illustrated work/picture book. [3]

Ian Irvine Australian writer

Ian Irvine is an Australian fantasy and eco-thriller author and marine scientist. To date Irvine has written 27 novels, including fantasy, eco-thrillers and books for children. He has had books published in at least 12 countries and continues to write full-time.

Aurealis Award award

The Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction is an annual literary award for Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror fiction. Only Australians are eligible for the award.

Thorn Castle has been reviewed by The Courier Mail and Reading Time . [4]

Plot summary

Tamly is the only person in Meadowhythe who cannot do magic. He wishes he knew why, and longs to learn magic. But it is precisely his lack of magic which makes him ideal for the dangerous challenge of rescuing the Book of Spells from the evil sorcerer Lord Harshax. Together with his magically gifted friend Kym, he sets out to steal the book and save his village.

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