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'The Stolen Lake' is a children's novel by Joan Aiken, first published in 1981. Taking place in an alternate history, the story follows the adventures of Dido Twite in a fictionalized version of South America.

The novel is the fourth in the Wolves Chronicles, a series of books set during the fictional 19th century reign of King James III. In this world, part of South America is occupied by Ancient British (Celtic) colonists following an invasion hundreds of years before.


After her adventures in 'Nightbirds On Nantucket', Dido Twite is travelling back to England on the HMS Thrush. En route, she befriends the ship's open-minded steward, Holystone. The ship changes course, landing on the coast of New Cumbria. Bound by ancient treaties between Britain and New Cumbria, they are given orders to assist Ginevra, the Queen. Travelling to Bath, the capital city, the crew learn that Ginevra wants them to help her recover a lake, which she claims has been stolen by New Cumbria's neighbour, Lyonesse. It seems that she is the same immortal Ginevra, or Guinevere, of myth and has waited centuries for the return of her king, Arthur. Unfortunately, she has attained immortality by cannibalistic vampirism, murdering and consuming local maidens. It then transpires that Holystone is an incarnation of Arthur, who for a thousand years had lain in suspended animation on an island in the missing lake. But this Arthur is not at all pleased at the monstrosity his ancient spouse has become.


* Dido Twite, the protagonist of the novel

* Captain Hughes, the captain of the H. M. S. 'Thrush', which brought Miss Twite to Roman America from Nantucket

* Queen Ginevra, the "White Queen" of New Cumbria

* Holystone, the steward of the 'Thrush'; later discovered to be Ginevra's Rex Quondam

* Elen, a princess of Lyonesse, rescued by Miss Twite


Category:1981 novels

Category:British alternate history novels

Category:English novels

Category:Novels by Joan Aiken

Category:Children's historical novels

Category:Novels set in South America

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