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When Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.Learn more | More in Teen and Young Adult

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; First Thus edition (December 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060847395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060847395
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,536,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Theresa Tomlinson and her husband live in North Yorkshire. Over the years Theresa has acquired an outstanding reputation for her historical novels. Shortlisted twice for the Carnegie Medal and for the Sheffield Children's Book Award, she takes a keen interest in the north-east coast of England. Recent visits to Turkey have fuelled her enthusiasm for the ancient mythology of that part of the world. Her scrupulous research has resulted in two epic stories in which classic tales and imaginative re-enactment make a stunning impact. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Penelope Anne Cole on November 6, 2011
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Voyage of the Snake Lady, by Theresa Tomlinson, is the sequel to Tomlinson's The Moon Riders. This book continues the story of Myrina, head of the legendary Moon Riders, after the fall of Troy. I was interested in these stories because they relate to Archaeologist Jeannine Davis-Kimball's work in Warrior Women. Davis-Kimball's book follows nomadic Sauro-Sarmatian women from Kazakstan to the Mongolian steppes, clearly showing that a blond modern day nomad was related to a Woman Warrior Priestess buried in Pokrovka, Kazakstan. Tomlinson's book illustrates how those Amazon women of myth and history could have made the trip from Troy; by crossing the Black Sea and intermarrying with the Sauro-Sarmatian Nomads. Tomlinson's book blends Amazon history and myth with magic in a very believable way. You truly care about the characters and are cheering them on their way.Voyage of the Snake Lady
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Tanny on July 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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The follow-up to Theresa Tomlinson's "Moon Riders" was well worth the wait. In her main character of Myrina, Tomlinson has created a living, breathing myth. So often in the retelling of ancient mythological stories, the reader feels removed from the characters. How can one empathize with a woman who makes love to a shower of golden coins? Or a man who is so mesmerized by his own reflection in the water, he dies for unrequited love of himself?

In Tomlinson's writing, she has been able to recreate a believable mythological voice and yet loose nothing of the intimacy of a first-person story. The reader cannot help but admire Myrina for her incredible strength and cunning mind at the same time as feel empathy for the tough decisions she must make throughout her voyages.

Tomlinson did such a wonderful job slowly weaving her fictional story with historical facts and ancient myths that when she wrapped up the ending so quickly without any warning, I was utterly disappointed. I nearly cried when, as I neared the last few pages, I read:

SPOILER:

"Myrina caught her breath with pleasure at the thought. The [upcoming] journey would follow many of the old ways along which her own lost tribe, the Mazagardi, traveled when she was a child... Such a journey would bring much joy."

How could the author hint at such an interesting journey and then finish the book four pages later? There were so many unanswered questions. Character's were suddenly dropped and the tale bluntly ended. It was so frustrating!

And then the epilogue was completely removed from any emotion. We get to see Myrina's reunion with her lover, but only through the eyes of the seer, Cassandra.
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A Kid's Review on January 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book was just as good as i had hoped! It is 100% worth every penny you pay for it!! I loved the moon riders, and found that i could easily relate to Myrina! This book is not as sad as the moon riders, which i am glab about!! This book goes by fast if you are into it, i can easily see how it could go by slowly if you didn't enjoy it, but i liked ever page!!
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More About the Author

www.theresatomlinson.com
Theresa Tomlinson has been writing historical novels for many years; her titles include THE FORESTWIFE TRILOGY, MOON RIDERS, THE VOYAGE OF THE SNAKE LADY and WOLF GIRL. In recent years she has become fascinated by archaeological finds from the Dark Ages, eg The Staffordshire Hoard, and the discovery of a royal grave near Loftus in Cleveland, containing gold and garnet jewels.
Theresa Tomlinson's new historical murder/mystery A SWARMING OF BEES is now available as a paperback and kindle edition. The action takes place in the cliff top monastery ruled by Abbess Hild - after the famous Synod of Whitby. Fridgyth the half-pagan herb-wife is curious, warm-hearted, and a law unto herself! When she suspects that some of the many deaths, may not be due to a terrible plague that is ravaging the country, Fridgyth sets out to investigate!
Although this is Theresa's first book aimed at an adult market, reviewers have pointed out that it may be enjoyed by young adults too! During the first week in January 2013 A SWARMING OF BEES made No. 3 in the UK best sellers kindle historical novel charts!
WOLF GIRL may be seen as a prequel - this Young Adult mystery/adventure introduced the character of Fridgyth, along with many of the others that appear in both books - Wulfrun the webster's daughter - along with many recognisable names from history - Hild, Elfled(Aelfleda)Caedmon, King Oswy, Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, Wilfrid of York.
See Theresa's website www.theresatomlinson.com