Breaking a silence of fifteen years William Horwood returns to his hallmark fantasy for a journey to the very edge of the Universe. A fragment of glass and metal has lain forgotten for fifteen hundred years in Englalond’s ancient heartland. It is the lost core of a flawless Sphere made by the greatest of the Anglo-Saxon CraftLords, fashioned in memory of his beloved. It holds something extraordinary – a living flame from the fires of the Universe – and it needs to be found. But while humans have lost their belief in such things, the hydden – a folk living in the interstices of our world – have not.
They send a child, Jack, to live in safe anonymity among the humans and fate leads him to Katherine. Only Arthur Foale, a cosmologist and long-time believer in the myths and legends of old, recognizes the significance of their meeting. His mysterious disappearance leads the two on a path to adventure, love and a world beyond their imagination. Their destiny becomes clear and they embark on a terrifying quest to save the both worlds from destruction…
‘…a wonderful book’ Fantasy Book Review
Macmillan hardcover February 2010 ISBN 9780230712607
Macmillan trade paperback February 2010 ISBN 978023073693