North America 65 million years ago. A vast conifer forest greens the landscape, home to the dominant species: the dinosaurs. The monstrous reptiles rule the planet still, but not for much longer. Four light years away, a cataclysmic explosion in a neighboring star system sends a planet-killing rock hurtling directly towards Earth. At the precise instant of the blast, three dinosaurs hatch in the Mother Forest, each sporting on their forehead a distinctive white birthmark in the prophetic shape of a star. Eight years later and Bronte of the Thunderfeet reluctantly grows up. A rebellious teen destined to lead her herd, she's one of the disfigured calves now entering adulthood, as is her rambunctious Duckbill pal, Chappy. They are visited one starry night by Gideon, a mysterious and alien being warning them of the coming disaster, revealing also their true nature as the Chosen: marked reptiles capable of undergoing a transformation into a creature that will survive the impact. The only drawback is, just one of the pair can be saved. But the third player is the son of the dread Killjaw King, a fanged tyrant determined to promote his own offspring as The Chosen One.
A major novel from one of the country’s greatest writers, and the crowning achievement of an astonishing career, ‘Boneland’ is also the long-awaited conclusion to the story of Colin and Susan – a story that began over fifty years ago in ‘The Weirdstone of Brisingamen’… ‘A woman was reading a book to a child on her knee. ‘“So the little boy went…
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