In a faraway country there is a city where the palaces are surrounded by vast gardens and the harbour is full of ancient ships … but the palaces are empty and the ships are abandoned.
Koparborgin by Ragnhildur Hólmgeirsdóttir has just been nominated for the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize 2016.
This is the fourth nomination in just few months. Koparborgin was nominated for Fjöruverðlaunin – Icelandic women literature price in the children and teen category, for Reykjavík city children and teen book award, and was named the best childrens book by the Icelandic booksellers association.
About the book
The ambiguous, yet carefully constructed setting of Koparborgin (e. City of Bronze) resembles an Italian city of the Renaissance. The fshermen live in huts and boats on the lagoon beyond the walls, but above the village is another and even more mysterious city where the ominous authorities dwell. When the plague sets on the village, the people of the city set fre to the village, killing all survivors of the plague. Young Pietro barely manages to escape with his life but is visited by a witch in his dreams who cures him and assigns him a task that is more forbidding than the plague. In the almost deserted city Pietro is offered sanctuary at the Exchange House, which has been occupied solely by children for the past three centuries, but when they come under threat they must embark on a journey through a world marked by witchcraft, danger, and death in the citadel.
This debut novel is a smart, exhilarating, and riveting tale for fans of fantasy fction of all ages. Critics have praised this juicy, and at times dark, story that despite everything has a fairly good ending.
Sample translation of the first chapter can be read here.
About the author:
Ragnhildur Hólmgeirsdóttir was born 1988 in Reykjavik. During her teenage years, she sought out countless horror movies that left her with a fascination for the macabre and a firm belief that every protagonist should be hiding a dark secret from the past. Although she has a degree in history and specializes in the Middle Ages she keeps academia and fiction separated. Because when you don’t have to consider an actual time or place, a storyline can go anywhere …