Ben and the Book of Prophecies is the first book of the Prophecies of Ballitor.
Ben is the youngest and most successful thief in the royal city of Quadrivium, but an unexpected encounter with Bella, the queen's mother, changes his life forever. In return for a substantial reward Ben agrees to track down the Book of Prophecies which disappeared from the palace library many years before. It is believed that the Book contains a prophecy which will save the kingdom from an impending war with the rebels. Yet Bella also has an ulterior motive, to find her son who went missing whilst searching for the same book. Ben finds himself catapulted into an unfamiliar world of magic and intrigue where talking eagles and mythical creatures help him on his quest. During his travels he unearths dark secrets as lives are put in peril and an unforeseen reunion surfaces. But not everyone wants the book to be found.
"'Fans of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia may well enjoy this new children's adventure series from writer Kirsty Riddiford,' writes Alex De Moller. The Story centres on Ben, a thief in the city of Quadrivium. He is approached by Royals who want him to steal a fabled Book of Prophecies, so they can see into the future. Expect talking eagles, kings and queens, cloak and dagger, intrigue and the search for a book that won't turn up." (Hammersmith, Kensington Times, Kilburn Times)
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