Author: E.C. Hibbs
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Coming of Age
Synopsis: The Wall has long kept Elitland Valley safe from the demons on the other side. For centuries the villagers have avoided speaking of the Wall or the creatures it protects them from.
Upon their return from the annual Country Fayre, the older Atego brothers learn of their father’s passing. When fifteen year old Silas Atego learns the mysterious illness that took his father might have been a curse from a demon, his need for answers draws him to the one place he must not go. The far side of the Wall.
When Silas is still missing days later, his older brother Raphael sets out on his own to bring him home. On his journey, Raphael learns how it was his ancestor who was cursed by a demon creature from the Lake and had the Wall built to keep them out. More desperate than ever to find his brother, his search draws Raphael to the same terrifying barrier.
Along the brothers’ individual travels they face their greatest fears, make lifelong friends, and more importantly, learn the truth of what happened centuries ago.
Blindsighted Wanderer is a tale about how truth and forgiveness will set you free. Where myths are transformed to legends that last a lifetime. The brothers leave their home as desperate boys but return to their family as honorable men.
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10) Having an excuse to always be reading about weird things in the name of research.
Merrin’s fin snapped from side to side so furiously, Penro took a small step away from her. She ignored him and ground her teeth.
“Calm yourself” Dylana cautioned sharply.
“How can I be calm?” Merrin barked. “I cannot pass through the surface! I am trapped here!”
Dylana waited patiently until she silenced. The whole of Delamere seemed to have stopped to listen. Only the quietest croaking of frogs sounded from the tussocks. In the shadows, a mother duck poked her head out to see what the matter was.
“That is not possible,” Penro said, but Merrin realised as soon as he opened his mouth that it was more of a question than a statement. He was as unsure as she was. “That cannot be possible. All Asræ are of the lake, and you are Her voice, Merrin. You of all of us must be able to pass through!”
“But I cannot. I have tried.” Merrin allowed herself to give him a small smile before turning to Dylana. “Last night, I tried, but could not pass through. I thought little of it in trying to escape the human. But there is no reason why I should not be able to return this night!”
“Ah, but there is,” Dylana replied.
Merrin froze, and both she and Penro spoke at the same time.
“I beg your pardon?”
“What is it?”
Dylana shifted her gaze between them for a moment before settling on Merrin.
“You came through the surface without willing it. You were taken from the lake forcefully,” she said. “You must leave it willingly in order to return.”
Merrin stared at her, not caring that her mouth was hanging open. “This cannot be!” she cried.
Dylana didn’t move. “It can, my girl, and it is.”
“But…” Penro stammered, “She must return! Mistress Dylana, she must! She is our queen!”
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About the Author
E. C. Hibbs has lived all her life in Cheshire, northwest England. A lover of stories from an early age, she wrote her first 'book' when she was five, and throughout school was a frequent visitor to the younger classes to read her tales to the children.
Living so near the coast, she loves anything to do with the sea. She studied Animal Behaviour at university and longs to work with marine mammals in the future. As well as nature and animals, she also has a soft spot for history, and loves paying visits to castles, cathedrals and museums.
There are many things she could be without, but writing isn't one of them. She carries a pen everywhere, in case an idea appears, and takes pride in still seeing the world as brimming with magic. Besides writing, she reads obsessively, her favourite genres being the classics and all kinds of fantasy. She also enjoys Disney and horror films, practising Shotokan karate, drawing, archery, and playing with her very cheeky kitten.
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