The Poison Throne is the first novel in Celine Kiernan’s The Moorehawke Trilogy. As far as debut novels go, this one sure is amazing.
Wynter Moorehawke is no ordinary girl – her father, Lorcan Moorehawke, is the Protector Lord to King Jonathan. Wynter herself is her father’s apprentice; a rare feat as women are never carpenters. After travelling north, Wynter and Lorcan return to see the kingdom in utter disarray. There are problems everywhere. Five years ago Wynter looked after the King’s cats and regularly spoke with them; now the cats she tenderly looked after have been killed and it is illegal to speak to cats. Wynter used to freely converse with ghosts, but now even going near a ghost is frowned upon.
King Jonathan is no longer listening to the wishes of his people and appears to be consumed by his power. The once just, righteous and prosperous kingdom is being destroyed.
To add to Wynter’s problems are the fact that Razi, the bastard son of King Jonathan and illegitimate heir to the throne after King Jonathan declared his other son, Alberon, to be gone forever, does not want to take up his position as prince, and neither do the people. Wynter, Razi and Alberon used to be as close as close can be, but Alberon had vanished and the King is now trying desperately to erase Alberon from memory. Wynter also feels Razi has grown more distant and has replaced her with a new friend – the arrogant, self absorbed Christopher.
Wynter’s problems don’t end there; her father is gravely ill to the point where he can’t make it across the room without collapsing. How can Wynter prevent her whole life from crashing down?
The Poison Throne is a superbly written fantasy novel. The plot was rich and unique and Celine created vividly detailed landscapes and scenes with ease. The characters were also thick and interesting and definitely developed as the book went on. I really enjoyed Celine’s writing style and this book definitely kept me wanting more. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed by the next book in this series.