Thursday 7 July 2016

The Serpent King Giveaway/Competition

Ta daaaa!  
The Serpent King, the final installment of the Secrets of the Tombs trilogy, is now out in the wild.

To celebrate I have two sets of the complete Secrets of the Tombs trilogy to give away. To be in with a chance to win them, all you have to do is e-mail me with your idea for where in the world you would send Cleo and Ryan if you were writing their next adventure.

illustration by Leo Hartas, from The Serpent King

They've been to the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, the tomb of the First Emperor in China and Calakmul in Mexico. Which other amazing archaeological site do you think could hold a mystery for Cleo and Ryan to solve (if you want to tell me about the mystery or even write the story or draw a picture of the setting, that would be even better!).

All suggestions will be put into the hat and I will pick out two winning names on 15th August.


Ryan Flint and Cleo McNeil are in Mexico searching for the burial site of an ancient Maya king.
While Cleo is determined to solve the mystery of Jaguar Paw's death, Ryan has another mission - even closer to his heart - the search for his father.
But there's an enemy in the camp. Someone who will at nothing to prevent them finding the mysterious object that will lead to the truth hidden in the heart of the jungle.
The stakes are much higher than they could have imagined.

In the mean time, while you are waiting for The Serpent King, here are my recommendations for some other great Maya-themed books you could read to get into the zone!

Dark Parallel, by MG Harris (The Joshua Files series)
The Mayan Prophecy,  by Alex Scarrow (Time Riders series)
The Jaguar Stones series by J & P Voelkel
There is a fantastic website to accompany this American series - packed with Maya based activities, lesson plans, background information and links.

Not strictly Maya but related
The Jaguar Trials by Ruth Eastham
Gold of the Gods by Bear Grylls (Mission Survival series)

Myths and Legends
Popol Vuh: A Sacred Book of the Maya Paperback, by Luis Garay (illustrator), Victor Montejo (adapter) and David Unger (translator).
The Hero Twins: Against the Lords of Death: A Mayan Myth (Graphic Myths & Legends) by Dan Jolley 
The Ancient Maya (True Books: Ancient Civilizations) by Jackie Maloy Aztec, Inca & Maya (DK Eyewitness Books)  by Elizabeth Baquedano and Michael Zabe

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