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Lukas has been apprenticed to work for Emperor Rudolph II. The reclusive emperor collects wonders from around the world, all crammed into four rooms. Not everyone is charmed by his eccentricity though, and when a group of diplomats arrives, sent by the King of Spain, Lukas senses danger. But if he is to protect the great Bohemian from tyranny Lukas must first learn the true meaning of trust, honour and friendship.

©2014 Paul Dowswell (P)2014 Oakhill Publishing

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