Wooding, Chris. 2005. POISON.
Once upon a time there was a young lady who lived in a marsh, and her name was Poison. Life in the marsh--or the Black Marshes--isn’t exactly exciting. Sure, it’s full of dangers...swamp fever, poisonous creatures of every shape and size, etc...but what Poison longs for is real adventure. She wants to venture outside her community in the marsh. She wants to see the world outside. What’s left of it anyway. Set perhaps centuries after a disastrous war--the Many-Sided War--humans have become divided, weak, and fearful. They’ve gone to hiding in the mountains and living in marshes. Poison knows what is expected of her: to marry and have children year after year the rest of her life. But Poison wants more...needs more. But even with this dream for more, Poison never actually expected to leave her life in the village and go on a quest like in a storybook. When her younger sister, Azalea, is kidnapped by the Phaerie Lord she sets out on a mission to bring her back. Along the way she meets some friends and makes some enemies. One thing is certain: Poison’s life will never be the same once she ventures outside the Realm of man and into the Realm of Phaerie.