Barclay in a world of her own

Curse of Kings: The Trials of Oland Born. By Alex Barclay. HarperCollins, €16.35. Reviewed by Declan Burke.

13th April, 2013
Alex Barclay: new novel is a handsome achievement. Photo: Nick Bradshaw

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"Envar was a land of twelve territories and its northeasterly was Decresian."

Alex Barclay's career as an author of crime thrillers began with Darkhouse (2005), a novel set in Ireland and New York. In recent years her novels, which feature FBI agent Ren Bryce, have been based in Colorado, but from the very first line of her latest offering, the young adult title Curse of Kings, we find ourselves even further from home, albeit in...

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