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The Coming of the Whirlpool

Ship Kings 1

The Coming of the Whirlpool by Andrew McGahan
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If you go to sea, you will come to the attention of the Ship Kings. And if they discover who you are, they will kill you.' Young Dow Amber is no sailor. But driven by a strange sea-longing he ventures down to the great grim bay known as the Claw. He hopes to learn there of seafaring, but he finds only a fearful people who scarcely dare sail at all, for they have been cursed by a monstrous whirlpool that haunts the bay, stealing away their sons.

Then the rulers of all the world - the proud and cruel Ship Kings - arrive in the Claw. Dow is fascinated by their fine tall vessels, and even more so by a mysterious girl who lives aboard their flagship.

It is a perilous attraction to be sure, but could it be that his future somehow lies with the Ship Kings? Or will he be called upon to descend to his death, when the terrible whirlpool rises once more?

'this beautifully crafted novel shapes up as a classic seafaring tale ... an epic hero story' Herald Sun

'Reads like an instant classic' Reading Monthly

'masterful storytelling, elegant prose and a powerful sense of place ... the kind of storytelling that stays with you long after the tale has ended' Viewpoint

Allen & Unwin; September 2012
312 pages; ISBN 9781743430729
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Title: The Coming of the Whirlpool
Author: Andrew McGahan
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