Award-winning children's author James Riordan boldly retells this story from Greek mythology, introducing readers to the first great European hero to undertake a grand journey. Accompanied by some of ancient Greece's bravest heroes, Jason leads an expedition to retrieve the Golden Fleece, the property of a king in a far-off land. Traveling by sea, they encounter trial after trial along their route - shrieking Harpies, deadly clashing rocks, and fierce Amazon warrior women - and yet more challenges await them at their destination. For before he will give up the fleece, the king devises a test for Jason that will certainly be the death of him - unless the king's daughter, Medea, agrees out of love for Jason to lend him her magical powers. This is a classic tale of high adventure that holds appeal for boys and girls alike.
James Riordan's first children's novel Sweet Clarinet was nominated for the Whitbread Prize in 1998 and won the NASEN award in 1999, while his second novel The Prisoner, received a Carnegie Award nomination in 2000. His first book for Frances Lincoln was The Coming of Night, followed by The Twelve Labours of Hercules which won the UK Reading Association Award 1998. Jason Cockcroft's illustrations for A Pilgrim's Progress won the Blue Peter Children's Award in 2000. He also did the cover illustration for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Bloomsbury). The Horse Girl, written by Miriam Moss was his first book for Frances Lincoln.