Urchin of the Riding Stars

Urchin of the Riding Stars

Mistmantle Chronicles #1
by M. I. McAllister, Christine Enright (Illustrator)
Publisher: Purple House Press
Trade Paperback, 282 pages
Price: $15.99

This 5-book series has been out of print for a while, and while the first three have been relatively easy to find, the last two have become notoriously tricky and expensive to acquire. Purple House Press is releasing all five in a newly-illustrated collection over the course of 2021!

On a night of riding stars, a tiny squirrel is found abandoned and close to death on a distant beach. Adopted and raised by a kindly, eccentric squirrel, Urchin has no idea of his powerful destiny or of the way he will influence the island of Mistmantle.

The rule of the good King Brushen and Queen Spindle is threatened by an evil plot from within the court. When their young prince is found murdered, the isle is thrown into turmoil. Behind the scenes, the wicked Lord Husk and Lady Aspen are determined to take control. But to underestimate the power of the islanders and the ancient prophecies is a big mistake...

Triumphant heroes and brilliantly wicked villains do battle in this heart-stopping adventure in the great tradition of Watership Down and The Wind in the Willows.

Glorious new illustrations by Christine Enright capture the spirit of Urchin, and the world of Mistmantle.


“It’s hard not to root for little Urchin and his friends when evil threatens to ruin their beautiful world.”         —The Washington Post

 “A wonderful fantasy with heart and heroism.” —Rick Riordan

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