The Cup and the Crown, by Diane Stanely, comes out October 2nd, from HarperCollins (ages 8-12). (I find it somewhat interesting that the publisher has notched the reader age downward. The Silver Bowl read younger to me than the publisher's recommendation, which I think at the time was YA. I see looking at Amazon today that it's now given as 10 and up,which I think is just about right. 8 seems a little young...).
"In this thrilling sequel to The Silver Bowl, Molly's quest for a magical loving cup leads her to the mysterious-and dangerous-town of her ancestors.
Night after night, Molly has visions of a beautiful goblet: one of her grandfather's loving cups, which he filled with magic that bound people together. So it hardly surprises Molly when handsome King Alaric asks her to find a loving cup to help him win the heart of the beautiful Princess of Cortova.
As Molly and her friends Winifred and Tobias journey in search of a loving cup, a mysterious raven joins their quest and appears to guide them all the way to the hidden city of Harrowsgode. There Molly discovers secrets about her own family as well as the magic of the loving cup. But Harrowsgode is hidden for a reason, and leaving is more difficult than Molly imagined. Will she be able to escape, let alone bring a loving cup to King Alaric?
The Cup and the Crown returns readers to the captivating world of The Silver Bowl and to the unique and intriguing magic that surrounds Molly."
The working title was "The Raven of Harrowsgode," which a fine title, but I think "The Cup and the Crown" ties it more nicely with "The Silver Bowl."
(The raven on the cover looks a bit like a vulture to me (just saying). I am sending the image to my bird expert mother to see what she thinks...)
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