Jan Siegel has already lived through one lifetime - during which she travelled the world and supported herself through a variety of professions, including those of actress, barmaid, garage hand, laboratory assistant, journalist and model. Her new life is devoted to her writing, but she also finds time to ride, ski and attend the opera
British author Hemingway draws on classic mythology and her fertile imagination to create a refreshingly different Arthurian fantasy, the first in a trilogy about a contemporary grail quest involving many endearing, if occasionally trite and predictable, characters. Nathan Ward is just your typical 11-year-old of supernatural parentage, until he stumbles on a hidden altar that gives him visions of a green stone cup filled with blood. Soon he begins dreaming of Eos, a world that needs the grail for a spell to ward off a terrible plague. As the dreams become astral excursions, the grail surfaces in Nathan's world, but then is stolen and sent to Eos, at the wrong time and into the wrong hands. While Nathan goes to the rescue, his mother and the venerable grail guardian, Bartlemy Goodman, fend off the village witch, an antiques trader, police and a malevolent river spirit. Despite being almost self-consciously British, the book glows with a blend of ancient magic and wide-eyed wonder that should captivate audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, especially readers weary of more conventional Arthurian epics. Agent, Anthony Harwood. (Mar. 1) FYI: Under the pseudonym Jan Siegel, Hemingway is the author of Prospero's Children and other fantasies. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Praise for Prospero's Children:
`Prospero's Children is a piece of pure magic - a charming, eccentric, and powerfully imaginative work of fantasy which will enchant readers for years to come'
`A lyrical, captivating first novel of mermaids, magic, lost worlds, and found souls. I read it with deep appreciation for the author's storytelling skills, her memorable images and language, and her ability to make me feel so strongly about her characters. Once read, this book will not be forgotten'
When Annie Ward brings her fatherless child to live with Bartlemy Goodman, a culinary master and wise man, she hopes to keep her son safe from harm. Goodman recognizes young Nathan Ward's special gifts and takes it upon himself to teach the boy enough about his talents to protect him from those who hunt him and who search for the object known as the Greenstone Grail. Hemingway's first novel provides a new look at the Grail legend, linking it to many times and places, not all of them in the known world. Intriguing characters and a mythic feel make this series opener a solid addition to most fantasy collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.