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Don’t go out onto the lake.

Wyann trees search the shallows to spear passing prey with their roots. Giant water-ants hunt anything that moves on the water-skin. Sala’s village survives hidden behind a wall of poisonous ivy, because everyone agrees: don’t go out onto the lake.

But then a strange comet crosses the night sky, throwing Sala and her pet pointer into a race through wyann-infested swampland that has her risking it all, unearthing long-hidden truths and stirring rivalries into a terrifying conflict set to change the world of Palude forever. Sala must do whatever it takes to face the truth of who she is: to save her village, to save her family, to save herself.

If only they had listened.

Reviews include:

“When Dark Roots Hunt is a great read – fresh, action-packed and utterly compelling. I loved it.” 

Ian Irvine, internationally bestselling author of The Gates of Good and Evil series.

“Shapter has created an immersive, fantastical world with tension poised to snap at any moment. I couldn’t put it down.” 

USA Today Bestselling Author Dionne Lister, author of The Circle of Talia.

“When Dark Roots Hunt is a rich and thrilling read… Shapter has created an intriguing new world filled with luminous beauty, exotic dangers, and unsettlingly familiar ageing tech, where the heroine must navigate strange cultural and political tensions and wrestle with the consequences of her own tangled ambitions.” 

Leife Shallcross, author of The Beast’s Heart.

About The Author

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Zena Shapter writes from a castle in a flying city hidden by a thundercloud, reaching across age and genre into the heart of storytelling. A multi-award-winning author of speculative and contemporary fiction, she teaches writing at festivals, libraries and schools, judges various literary awards, mentors and edits other writers, and encourages everyone to value the importance of creativity. 

She loves movies, frogs, chocolate, and potatoes, though not at the same time!

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