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Once a Castle

A Carrick Hall Novel, Book 2

Sarah Arthur

Category: Fiction > Fantasy

About Once a Castle

Worlds collide and lives are changed as portals between our reality and the magical land of Ternival fray in the spellbinding sequel to Once a Queen, called "a fresh, delightful new tale for our wonder-hungry era" by National Book Award nominee Mitali Perkins.

Several years after Eva Joyce and Frankie Addison discovered the existence of portals to other worlds—and the kingdom of Ternival, where Eva's grandmother once reigned as queen—Frankie's younger siblings, together with some new friends, make discoveries that will change their lives, and at least two worlds, forever. 

Jack, Tilly, and Elspeth Addison just want to stay out of trouble (well, kind of . . . usually), but trouble keeps finding them. Jack stumbles upon an actual, literally larger-than-life giant in his favorite valley; Tilly nearly runs over a mysterious stranger (and her cat); and Elspeth’s weaving lessons take a very unexpected turn.

Meanwhile, Arash, a newcomer to the Addisons’ English village, tries to discover the secret his grandfather is hiding while keeping his own secrets from everyone—and the sudden appearance of a sinister woman who does things that look suspiciously like magic is not helping matters. And Zahra, a Ternivali teenager, faces a crisis in her world, but before she can put things right, she's rudely catapulted into the weirdest place she's ever seen—where everyone seems to think she's the weird one.

Soon things are as tangled as Elspeth's worst weaving, and the teens must discover if they can bridge their differences and find, in themselves and each other, what it takes to put things right. Because it's not only their lives at stake, but the fate of their home—and of more than one kingdom.

About Sarah Arthur

Sarah Arthur is a fun-loving speaker and the bestselling author of a dozen books for teens and adults, including Once a Queen and Walking with Frodo: A Devotional Journey through The Lord of the Rings. Among other nerdy adventures, she has served as preliminary fiction judge for the CT Book Awards, was a founding board member of the annual C. S. Lewis Festival in Northern Michigan, and codirects the Madeleine L’Engle Writing Retreats.

Product Details

352 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Feb 11, 2025

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24