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Clarke, Michaela: Tiger Thief

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Clarke, Michaela: Tiger Thief

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Clarke, Michaela

Tiger Thief

Nosy Crow, 2013, pp311, 6.99 [pounds sterling]

978 0 85763 137 4

This exotic fantasy is set in a country very like India. At its centre is an Empire, a desert land with a glittering capital, the City of Jewels. Once this desert was green with forests, and its capital was called the City of Jinnis. Jinnis are spirits of the forest, living in trees though able to move freely in many forms. They inhabit a parallel world called Aruanda. Twelve years before the story begins, Aruanda's veiled security was breached and its green world destroyed, Helpless without trees, the jinnis were enslaved by ruthless human rulers and forced to work in mines to produce the jewels which gave the City its new name.

A circus comes to the city. 12-year-old Sharat is a circus boy who performs with a white tiger, Emira. Unknown to Sharat, he is half human, half jinni, and indeed the Prince of Jinnis, almost the only free survivor of the enslavement. …

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