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Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004 The Chronicles of El Jisal
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y separately published work icon Snow, Fire, Sword Sophie Masson , Milsons Point : Random House Australia , 2004 Z1135306 2004 single work novel fantasy young adult In the mythical, Indonesia-like country of Jayangan, a village girl and an apprentice sword-maker embark on a magical journey to defeat a hidden evil that threatens their land. (Source: Libraries Australia).
y separately published work icon The Curse of Zohreh Sophie Masson , Milsons Point : Random House , 2005 Z1203272 2005 single work novel fantasy young adult

'A hundred years ago, an old and respected Parsarian merchant from the ancient Akamenian sect, Zohreh of the Melkior clan, is put to death by an evil Ameeratan lord, Kassim bin-Saad al Farouk, who covets her business. As she dies, Zohreh curses al Farouk and all his family, calling down the curse of fire on them for all eternity.All first borns, when they reach their fifteenth birthday, will die a dreadful death by fire.

We now jump to the present, and to a descendant of Kassim al-Farouk, Khaled al-Farouk, who is nearing his fifteenth birthday. Not only is he frightened by that, but he is also very much preoccupied by the dreadful injustice done to Zohreh so long ago, and really wants to put it right and lift the curse from his family. His father suggests they contact his old friend Husam al-Din, in far away Jayangan, to help: because Husam has had a great deal of contact with the Jinn, magical fire-spirits who can transform at will: and it is in the world of the Jinn that Khaled is likely to find answers! So they write to Husam, who agrees to come, with his Jinn friend, Kareen Amar.

Meanwhile, in far away Parsari, 14 year old Soheila, one of the last of the beggared Melkior clan, who does not realise that Zohreh called down the curse on the Al-Farouks, plots her own terrible revenge against the rich and powerful al-Farouks, and sets off for Ameerat to fulfill the revenge.. All these people's paths meet, in an explosive, fast-moving, engaging and exciting adventure of magic and revenge!'

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y separately published work icon The Tyrant's Nephew Sophie Masson , Milsons Point : Random House , 2006 Z1290355 2006 single work novel young adult fantasy

'Omar didn't choose to be the tyrant's heir - but if he has courage, he can choose his fate...

'Omar didn't ask to be the nephew of the ruthless dictator of Mesomia - and he certainly doesn't want to inherit a country whose people are in fear for their lives. He hasn't a choice, though - until the day he is saved from a deadly ambush by Latifa, a beggar girl. When his uncle places Latifa under a Spell of Darkness, Omar can't stand by and watch his rescuer die. Neither can Ketta, Latifa's white cat and a jinn in disguise. Together, the two embark on an extraordinary adventure to find the spell's antidote - through the eerie, hostile marshlands, then flying on an enchanted carpet to the perilous mountain stronghold of a rebel werewolf clan. But they must face their greatest danger when they return to the palace. Balancing on a knife-edge - at the mercy of the tyrant's terrifying mood swings and cruel punishments, the evil Secretary's machinations, and the rebels' own plans for the fate of the country - Omar will learn the true meaning of courage before his journey is over.' Source: bookseller's website.

y separately published work icon The Maharajah's Ghost Sophie Masson , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2007 Z1405051 2007 single work novel young adult fantasy 'Anusha and Maya are the 12-year-old twin daughters of the widowed Mrs Penny, who runs the family business - a ghost-hunting detective agency. Since their father's death, the agency has fallen on hard times. The brand new Two-Stars agency, owned by glamorous Bollywood stars Sweetie Suseela and Sonny Khan, is taking over all the city's ghost-hunting business with their modern, scientific methods and fawning media. But to the twins', and their mother's, amazement, a new client knocks on their door after hearing about them. It is the Maharajah, or High King, of Jadudesh! He has a ghost haunting his palace, and he doesn't want the publicity that the Two-Stars agency would be sure to create. The Penny family set out to stay at the palace and investigate. Why is this troublesome ghost haunting the Maharajah's palace, and who is controlling the ghost? Their task is made harder when jealous Sweetie Suseela has Mrs Penny arrested under false pretences. It's up to the twins to solve the case!' Source: bookseller's website.

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First known date: 2004

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Ghosts of Indian Inspiration Ronni Phillips , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 July 2007; (p. 18)
Ghosts of Indian Inspiration Ronni Phillips , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 July 2007; (p. 18)
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