Author(s): N. K. Ashworth
An exciting new novel set on Waiheke Island, which tells the story of a young teen, an injured hawk and a quest for truth...This book delivers a new take on the mystery/fantasy genre, and will keep the reader glued to the pages until the last word is read ! Ideally suited to the YA female audience - The Falconer's Daughter will inevitably hook adults in too, so spread the word around the family when you've read it ! We don't want to give away any spoilers with this one - just get hold of a copy any way you can and see for yourself how much you'll enjoy reading this well-written local book. Maddie Prescott is a fourteen year-old schoolgirl living on Waiheke Island with her dad. She has no memories prior to her fourth birthday when her mother died. Maddie's mother had built a gothic tower on the island. In the tower Maddie finds a mysterious medallion and an unfinished manuscript of her mother's novel called The Griffin Trilogy. The final book Return of the Griffin was never completed. When Maddie starts to read it, she finds disturbing parallels with her own life and that of the main character Skyla - a time travelling shapeshifter. With the support of her best friend Jess, Maddie secretly decides to train an injured hawk that she finds, naming him Weaver after Skyla's hawk in the novel. Then strange things start to happen - someone else is visiting the Tower...or is it more than one person ? With Jess's help, Maddie gradually uncovers the appalling truth of her mother's death and embarks on a journey of self-discovery every bit as bizarre as Skyla's fictional one !
N.K.Ashworth lives on Waiheke Island in New Zealand’s beautiful Hauraki Gulf. She shares her quirky Tower home with her teenage daughter, a cat called Gypsy and Jester – an exuberant bearded collie pup !
N.K.Ashworth, known locally as ‘Sam’, is a self-professed hermit with a life-long fascination with mysticism and all things to do with falconry. She has used traditional falconry techniques to help rehabilitate injured Australasian harrier hawks on Waiheke Island.
She has a BA in Art History and is also a painter and sculptor of evocative fantasy themes. The Falconer’s Daughter is her first novel.