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Vivian French

Tales of the Five Kingdoms

The Robe of Skulls

Written by: Vivian French

Illustrated by: Ross Collins

All is not well in the crumbling castle high above the mountain village of Fracture. The sorceress Lady Lamorna has her heart set on a new robe. It is a very expensive new robe. To get the cash she will stop at nothing, including kidnapping, blackmail and more than a little black magic. But she reckons without the heroic Gracie Gillypot, not to mention a gallant if rather scruffy prince, two chatty bats, the wickedest stepsister ever, a troll with a grudge – and some very Ancient crones.

An exuberant, fast-moving and wildly entertaining tale, with a cast of characters who are good, bad and very, very ugly, The Robe of Skulls will enthral those who like their stories just a little different.

Read Chapter One of The Robe of Skulls here!

WINNER of the Stockton Children’s Book of the Year Award 2008

SHORTLISTED for The 2008 Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children’s Books

You can buy this book from your usual bookseller, or borrow it from a library. If you’d like to buy a signed copy, you can do so through Viv’s local bookshop – The Edinburgh Bookshop. You can email them here.


Published by: Walker Books (4 June 2007)
ISBN: 978-0744583618