The Stolen Lake Paperback
by Joan Aiken
Part of the The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Sequence series
Dido Twite, heroine of Black Hearts in Battersea and Nightbirds on Nantucket, is on her wildest adventure yet.
On her way back to London aboard the Thrush, Dido and crew are summoned to the aid of the tyrannical queen of New Cumbria.
Her island is an infernal place where birds carry off men and fish eat human flesh.
The queen is greatly distressed because a neighbouring king has stolen her lake.
Dido faces fire, flood, wild beasts and, ultimately, threat of execution in order to get the lake back.
Is she equal to the challenge? A rich mixture of legend, fantasy, humour and pure snowballing adventure.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Publication Date: 06/01/2005
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9780099477396
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Review by elkiedee
This is the 4th in what is now called The Wolves Chronicles, in the order that the stories take place. Dido Twite is finally on her way home to England from Nantucket, but has a couple more adventures ahead of her on the way home.The captain of the ship taking Dido home has been asked to help the Queen of the forgotten country, New Cumbria get back her lake, and takes Dido with him because he has heard she likes children. However, New Cumbria turns out to be a rather strange and unpleasant place, with very few children on the streets - what has happened to them all. It doesn't take Dido long to realise that someone is up to no good.I found this book quite funny and scary at times, but I don't love it as much as the 4 I read and reread as a child. I think Dido, a clever and brave young girl who has had to face a lot of unpleasant people in her short life, is a brilliant character though. I think this book is also more complex in some ways than some of the others in the series. As well as the good and bad characters of other stories, there are several who Dido and the reader end up having very mixed feelings about, as they show kindness at some points but then allow their principles to be compromised.