Panther in Argyll

Hachette UK

A unique and inventive story by award-winning author Lisa Tuttle.

When Danni chooses to spend the school holidays with her godmother, Claire, she thinks she will find a kindred spirit. She doesn't bank on meeting the mysterious Finlay Black, or Claire being on the look out for the Panther of Argyll - the beast that supposedly roams the woods around her cottage.

And she doesn't bank on discovering that she has the 'animal spirit' - a rare and unique ability that not only provides an empathy with animals, but the ability to become them.

But there is a price for letting the animal within loose.

Panthers are wild, primal, strong . . . and most of all free: why remain human when all of this is within your grasp?

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About the author

Lisa Tuttle was born and raised in Texas, but moved to Britain in the 1980s. She now lives with her writer husband and their daughter on the side of a Scottish loch. She has written more than a dozen fantasy, science fiction and horror novels.

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Hachette UK
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Aug 22, 2013
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Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
Young Adult Fiction / Fantasy / Contemporary
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From award-winning author Lisa Tuttle comes a riveting novel that combines the contemporary story of one man’s search for a missing young woman with history’s most enduring legends of the disappeared. Gripping and unforgettable, here is a spellbinding mix of the mysteries that inhabit our everyday lives–and a mind-bending exploration of what happens when someone vanishes without a trace.

Ever since his father disappeared when he was nine years old, Ian Kennedy has had a penchant for stories about missing people–and a knack for finding them. Now he’s a private investigator with an impressive track record. But when a woman enters his London office and asks him to find her lost daughter, Ian faces a case he fears he cannot solve–and one he knows he must.

Laura Lensky’s stunning twenty-one-year-old daughter, Peri, has been missing for over two years–a lifetime, under the circumstances. But when Ian learns the details of her disappearance, he discovers eerie parallels to an obscure Celtic myth–and to the haunting case that launched his career, an early success he’s never fully been able to explain. Though Ian suspects Peri may have chosen to vanish, his curiosity leads him to take on the search. Soon he finds himself drawing not only from the mysteries that have preoccupied his adulthood, but from the fables and folklore that pervaded his youth. What follows is a journey that takes Ian and those who care for Peri into the Highlands of Scotland, as the unknowns of the past and present merge in the case–and in their lives.
Rich in pathos and steeped in secrets, The Mysteries opens a thought-provoking door from one world into the heart of another, where some of our most perplexing enigmas–and their answers–are startlingly alive.

From the Hardcover edition.
 Ο πλανήτης του Γουιντχέιβεν δεν κατοικούνταν αρχικά από ανθρώπους, αλλά αποικίστηκε μετά από την συντριβή ενός γήινου αστρόπλοιου. Είναι ένας κόσμος που αποτελείται από πολυάριθμα μικρά νησιά, ένας κόσμος ακραίων καιρικών συνθηκών και θαλάσσιων τεράτων. Η επικοινωνία ανάμεσα στους διασκορπισμένους οικισμούς ήταν αδύνατη μέχρι την ανακάλυψη ότι χάρη στην μικρή βαρύτητα και στην πυκνή ατμόσφαιρα, οι άνθρωποι μπορούσαν να πετάξουν με τη βοήθεια μεταλλικών φτερών που κατασκευάστηκαν από τα συντρίμμια του γήινου διαστημόπλοιου. Πολλές γενιές μετά, ανάμεσα στα διασκορπισμένα νησιά που αποτελούν τον υδάτινο κόσμο του Γουιντχέιβεν, κανείς δεν έχει μεγαλύτερο κύρος από τους ανεμοπόρους, που με τα ασημένια τους φτερά μεταφέρουν ειδήσεις, κουτσομπολιά, τραγούδια και ιστορίες. Ρομαντικές μορφές που διασχίζουν επικίνδυνους ωκεανούς και αψηφούν άστατους ανέμους και απρόβλεπτες θύελλες που θα μπορούσαν να τους ρίξουν ανά πάσα στιγμή από τον ουρανό και να τους σκοτώσουν. Είναι επίσης μέλη μιας όλο και πιο επίλεκτης κάστας, αφού τα φτερά –ανέκαθεν περιορισμένα– αρχίζουν να σπανίζουν όλο και περισσότερο καθώς χάνονται οι άνθρωποι που τα φοράνε. 

Η Μάρις από το Άμπερλι, κόρη ψαρά, υιοθετήθηκε από ανεμοπόρο και το μόνο που θέλει στη ζωή της είναι να πετάει στους αιθέρες. Όμως, η παράδοση επιβάλλει τα φτερά να περάσουν στον θετό αδελφό της, τον Κολ, νόμιμο γιο του ανεμοπόρου. Το μόνο που θέλει από την πλευρά του ο Κολ είναι να γίνει βάρδος και να ταξιδέψει στον κόσμο από τη θάλασσα. Γι’ αυτό τον λόγο, η Μάρις επαναστατεί και ρίχνεται σε έναν δύσκολο αγώνα ενάντια στον ελιτισμό, την αλαζονεία και τις άτεγκτες παραδόσεις της κοινωνίας των ανεμοπόρων.

The award-winning author of The Mysteries returns with another captivating novel in which modern-day enigmas and age-old myths come together with spellbinding results. Here is an enchanting tale set in a land rich with folklore–and ripe for a rekindling of the old ways.

Nestled on the coast of Scotland, Appleton was once famous for its apples. Now, though the orchards are long gone, locals still dream of the town’s glory days, when an Apple Queen was crowned at the annual fair and good luck seemed a way of life. And outsiders are still drawn to the charming village, including three very different American women.

Enchanted by Appleton’s famously ornate, gold-domed library, divorcée Kathleen Mullaroy has left her cosmopolitan job to start anew as the town’s head librarian. Widowed Nell Westray hopes for a quiet life of gardening in the place where she and her husband spent their happiest moments. And young Ashley Kaldis has come to find her roots, and learns that the town’s fortunes turned when her grandmother was crowned Apple Queen–then mysteriously disappeared.

When a sudden landslide cuts Appleton off from the wider world–and the usual constraints of reality–the village reveals itself to be an extraordinary place, inhabited by legendary beings, secret rooms, and the blossoming of a rare fruit not seen in decades. Most unexpected is a handsome stranger who will draw all three women into an Otherworld in which luck and love will return to Appleton–if only one of them will believe.

Lush with the romance and allure of ancient traditions, The Silver Bough will propel you into a land where, as in Eden, the bite of a single apple can alter the whole course of reality.

From the Hardcover edition.
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