Hari's father has been captured and enslaved to work in Deep Salt. Hari vows to rescue him, a forbidding task: Deep Salt is the most feared of Company's mines. No one knows what's being mined there - no one ever returns to tell. But Hari was born and raised in Blood Burrow. He's tough and smart - and he can communicate with animals. Pearl is on the run, fleeing an arranged marriage. She and her mysteriously gifted maid Tealeaf have escaped from Company, the privileged society she was born into, and they're being pursued. When their paths cross, Hari and Pearl soon realise they must discover the secrets of Deep Salt. It's not just a quest to save Tarl - the world is on the brink of unspeakable terror. Salt is an utterly compelling fantasy adventure, the work of a master storyteller at the peak of his powers.
Winner New Zealand Post Children's Book Award: Young Adult Fiction 2008.
Maurice Gee is one of New Zealand's best-known writers, for both adults and children. He has won a number of literary awards, including the Wattie Award (twice), the Montana Award, and the New Zealand Fiction Award (four times). He has also won the New Zealand Children's Book of the Year Award. Maurice Gee's novels include the three books in the Plumb trilogy, Going West (winner of the Wattie award), Prowlers, Live Bodies (winner of the Montana Award) and Ellie and the Shadow Man. He has also written a number of children's novels, the most recent being The Fat Man, Orchard Street and Hostel Girl. Maurice lives in Wellington with his wife Margareta and they have three children.