Cattra's Legacy

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Magnificent YA fantasy adventure story, with a romance at its heart, this book is a page-turner.

Cattra's Legacy, Anna Mackenzie

Magnificent YA fantasy adventure story, with a romance at its heart, this book is a page-turner.

This is a richly imagined fantasy adventure story, beautifully and forcefully written by NZ Post Award-winning Anna Mackenzie.

Risha is strong and outspoken, and at 16 has developed into a leader of men, a strategic thinker, and a woman — one can imagine — who will assume the legacy left by her mother.

The story begins with 13-year-old Risha living a simple life in the mountains with her father. When her father suddenly dies, Risha is left alone, an outcast of her village. Disguised as a boy, Risha leaves the village with a group of traders, on a quest to find out the truth about her mother and her heritage.

Here begins a grand sweeping adventure as Risha is caught up in dangerous pursuits, intrigue, trickery and betrayal. She is left for dead, confused by the actions of many, and is made to hide from those who wish her harm.

She finds out by chance that she is Cattra's daughter. Who is Cattra — and why do so many wish Risha harm?

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  • Paperback
    $19.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781775533184
    Published: 05/04/2013
    Imprint: Longacre Child
    Extent: 352 pages
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  • eBook
    ISBN: 9781775533191
    Published: 05/04/2013
    Imprint: RHNZ Adult ebooks
    Extent: 357 pages
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"Cattra's Legacy is a spellbinding adventure story that I couldn't put down. When I did manage to tear myself away the main character, Risha, kept popping into my head. Mackenzie is a wonderful
storyteller. She takes readers to another world with her descriptive prose and powerful story lines. There's friendship, war, betrayal and romance in this excellent read. Can't wait for part two." - Linda Hall, Wanganui Chronicle

"Risha is an excellent character, authentic, creditably complex, always developing. She's determined and hesitant, dauntless and vulnerable ... You may not alway suspend disbelief but in a novel with so much momentum and inventiveness, that hardly seems to matter. - David Hill, New Zeakland Books" - David Hill, New Zealand Books

Anna Mackenzie

Anna Mackenzie

Anna Mackenzie writes contemporary and speculative young adult novels, mentors beginning writers and teaches creative writing. In her spare time (!) she also edits a couple of magazines.

Donnel's Promise, sequel to last year's Cattra's Legacy, was released this month. Thrilling fantasy adventure set in a wholly credible medieval world, the books follow the story of Risha, a teenaged girl whose quest to find her family leads her into a politically turbulent world where enemies outnumber allies and idenitifying either is far from simple. Anna's previous dystopian trilogy won critical acclaim. The Sea-wreck Stranger won an Honour Award at the 2008 NZ Post Children's Book Awards, was joint winner of the 2008 Sir Julius Vogel Award and was awarded a prestigious White Raven Award for outstanding children's literature. The book has been published in both Australia and France. Its sequel, Ebony Hill, was shortlisted in the Young Adult Fiction category of the 2011 NZ Post Children's Book Awards while the final title of the trilogy Finder's Shore netted her fifth Children's Literature Foundation Notable Book Award. Anna's other titles include High Tide, Shadow of the Mountain and Out on the Edge.

Anna lives on a farm in Hawke's Bay. She has recently returned from a trip to the UK to speak at the London Festival of the Arts. In 2013 she was awarded a writing residency in Belgium.

For the New Zealand Herald, Margie Thompson wrote of Mackenzie's ‘terrific feeling for dramatic pace, and for the emotional and physical landscape her beleaguered teens inhabit'. Kate De Goldi has praised Mackenzie for knowing ‘how to structure a book and how to paint with delicate brushstrokes'. Reading Time commended her intelligent writing and said it is ‘perfectly pitched' for her readership.

Respected Children's Bookshop owner John McIntyre, reviewing The Sea-wreck Stranger on National Radio, said, ‘what really stands out for me is the sheer beauty of the writing. Here there is a wordsmith at the top of her game . . . it's one of those novels where a great story meets a great storyteller.' Viewpoint concluded: ‘This book is both powerful and haunting, a true delight to read and well-deserving of its award-winning status.'

Reviewing Ebony Hill in the Otago Daily Times, award-winning writer Tania Roxborogh exclaimed ‘Harry Potter — time to step aside.'