The gripping children's debut from the Sunday Times and Irish Times No. 1 bestselling author.
A page-turning fantasy quest for children aged 10 and older and fans of C ornelia Funke, Susan Cooper and Philip Pullman.
Joe is being chased by bullies from school when he accidentally runs through a portal to another world. He finds himself in a training camp for a group of teenage boys and girls who will become Runners.
Runners are the protectors of Carcassia. They must travel through the Kanabian enemy territory to replace the rare and powerful Kerala crystals which power the shield that protects Carcassia. Once the Runners have achieved their objective, a toxin is released into their bodies and they die. No one is permitted to return through the shield. And nobody can remain in the enemy territory.
Hoping to find a way back to Earth, Joe accompanies the Runner, Kaia. A delicate friendship develops between the two, and Joe wonders if he can save Kaia as well as himself. But as they pursue their Run, they come to question the histories they've been given, and the ambition of their enemy. The Run becomes more dangerous than anyone could have envisaged.
This is Book 1 in the Crystal Run Series. See all Crystal Run books here.
Sheila is an ex-bond dealer and financial journalist whose novels have all been immediate No 1 Irish bestsellers and Sheila also writes a weekly column for the Irish Times . Her books have been described 'as necessary to women as chocolate, and just as addictive!' Her last three novels have sold in excess of 1,000,000 copies in their British editioMore about Sheila O'Flanagan