The land of Khandar needs silk. The moths must dance in the palace garden and Tareth must weave once again. As Maia races across the Vast with the last of the cocoons, she knows the future of the Sun City lies in her hands. But her sister, Elin, will stop at nothing to steal back what was hers and see Caspia crowned as Sun Catcher and Queen. The silk sighs its secrets and Maia realises that now, more than ever, she must find a Story Singer to sing by her side.
The third sweeping magical reality adventure inspired by the Bronze Age Far East - this is Game of Thrones for a younger audience.
... it's hard not to be won over by the zest and originality of Sheila Rance's debut novel Sun Catcher, set in the Bronze Age Far East... Sun Catcher is a fine and unusual children's tale. -- Martin Chilton THE TELEGRAPH And so the quest is set in this, although first part of a trilogy, completely self-contained story. Reading the book what came across was a love of nature what with the animals such as the leopard, eagle, lizard and moths that adorn the cover. Plus the animals have names, and the relationships with the humans are close, together with a touch of magic. -- 11/02/13 BOOKISH VARIETY Flame-haired Maia has known she was different from the Cave Dwellers since the day many years before when she and her father Tareth were washed up, half-drowned, on their beach. But now she is thirteen, and her destiny as the Sun Catcher who must save a distant land from failed harvests and starvation is slowly revealed to her. THE BOOKBAG
Sheila Rance works as a teacher and dyslexia tutor in Sussex. She recently studied for an MA in Children's Literature at Bath Spa University, where SUN CATCHER won the annual UNITED ARTISTS' PRIZE for the most promising first 15,000 words of a children's novel in her final year. It was also shortlisted in the Chicken House MA Graduate Children's Author competition. Her research is thorough and makes full use of the internet, as well as travel. Visit her website at http://www.sheilarance.co.uk and follow her on Twitter @SARance_Author.