Tanith Lee is a British writer of science fiction and fantasy novels. I first started reading her Claidi series of novels when I was ten, and since then I have been an avid fan of Lee's work. East of Midnight is a stand-alone novel, perfect for a young reader's first foray into fantasy.
Sentenced to work in the mines, a young slave called Dekteon makes a break for freedom. Quickly rescued by a hooded man and his horse (which strangely, has bear paws for feet), Dekteon is soon engulfed in a malevolent plot that threatens to destroy his brief taste of freedom. He soon finds himself in the employ of Zaister, the Son of the Sun, who has decided that he would like to exchange lives with Dekteon... and destinies.
In East of Midnight Lee has created a suspenseful and surprising tale, that will keep readers enthralled to the very end. Because of its length (around two hundred pages), and sophisticated language, it's probably best for readers between the ages of 10 and 14. However, though East of Midnight was intended for a younger audience, this does not mean that older readers won't find something to enjoy in it. Tanith Lee is an intelligent and exciting writer, and Dekteon's story is one that needs to be read, regardless of age.