(First in a trilogy)
A fantasy set in the modern world but exploring magical dimensions
and a mythical past.
sixteen-year-old heroine and her younger brother find themselves
isolated in a remote house in Yorkshire and entangled in the search
for a mysterious key which may be hidden there.
forces pursue them and the nearer they get to their goal the more
their danger increases.
heroine discovers she must grow up fast – and pay the price
of lost innocence – in order to fulfil her task and survive
the subsequent debacle.
This was my first attempt at writing a fantasy novel where the real
and magical worlds are interleaved (I think that’s a good
word for it) and many of the characters have different identities
on different levels.
wanted to produce what was, in effect, a children’s book for
grownups, something that could be read and hopefully enjoyed by
teenagers, pre-teens and their parents.
a child, I found all fiction entrancing, but some of that charm
departed as I moved into the slightly more pretentious world of
adult literature, and my aim was to recapture that magic while at
the same time writing on a more mature level.