IT IS THE MIDDLE AGES AND A TIME OF SHAPESHIFTERS. High fantasy and virtual reality merge in the tale of an enchanted landscape and dark mystery as Will and Gwendolen seek to protect their family and the world of Genthor, and find they must journey into the mind of a killer.
On journeys into the virtual forest of Aginmare, Gwendolen receives training in the secret art of the Esoteric, to master inner vision. At home in the summer fields of Genthor, Will trains in the longbow with his uncle, a monk in the nearby monastery, and sees himself as a spiritual warrior. Their lives seem cloistered and safe.
Until an intruder brings chaos.
Gwendolen and Will must find a way to stop a force that could destroy everything they know and trust. Frightened and uncertain as they often feel, extraordinary help comes to them. First there is Gideon, Will's gerfalcon, who teaches him the power of silence in war. Then there is Ga Fael Fawr, the gatekeeper of the enchanted world of Aginmare, who gives Gwendolen a sword that is more than a weapon.
They must find the way soon, for it is clear the intruder has already crossed the barrier of the Esoteric, and broken the line between worlds.
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About the Author
REGINA CLARKE was born in England and grew up near Boston, Massachusetts. With a doctorate in English, she taught at CUNY and then spent many years writing for corporations, creating books on network management systems, virtual protocols, and military surveillance software. (Who knew!) But during those years, writing books and stories, especially fantasy, mystery, and science fiction, was her passion. Her short stories have appeared in Kzine, Mad Scientist Journal, Over My Dead Body!, NewMyths, Aurora Wolf, Alien Dimensions, and T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog, among others. She has also been a ghostwriter, published a book on environmental management, and created an online workbook on soul development for the A.R.E. in Virginia Beach. She was a finalist in the Hollywood SCRIPTOID Screenwriter’s Feature Challenge for her script about a mother seeking the disabled child she had abandoned, in “Second Chances.” Her YA fantasy book MARI was a finalist in the ListenUp Audiobook competition. Two short stories-- “Calliope” and “Stopover”-- have been featured on The Strange Recital podcast in Woodstock, NY. After working on both coasts, in Texas, and overseas, Regina calls the historic and beautiful Hudson River Valley region her home now, and it pleases her no end to live not very far from where Rod Serling grew up and Jane Roberts encountered Seth.