THE LIGHT MUST SHINE
When the mists rise, distant realms brush against the boundaries of our world. Creatures from whispered folk-tales stalk the forests. Nightmarish shapes scurry into the shadows, waiting for the sun to set and darkness to reign once more.
Some seek those secrets out. Others are sought themselves...
In five tales of mystery and horror, take a glimpse beyond the world you know, and journey into a hidden landscape of ghosts, damned souls and immortal malice.
SECRETS LONG TO BE SHARED
A rainswept afternoon. A stranger with a mysterious request. The call of long-lost treasure. Just another day in the life of the Templeton & Kessler – London’s foremost private investigators. Or is it?
Isra Samara’s already struggling to keep a grip on her life aboveground, and an expedition into London’s hidden depths is sure to stir up old memories. The smart thing to do would be to walk away and not cross the secretive Coldharbour Agency.
But Isra has bills to pay, and ‘smart’ doesn’t come into it…
THE HUNT BEGINS
Maddie Lincoln returns home to Nottingham. However, her workaday problems fade when she's caught up in a war with the Dark Lady of Eventide.
Aided by her friend Inga, eccentric fortune teller Charles King, and the enigmatic William, she manages to stay one step ahead of her pursuers. Even with their help, neither world is safe for her. Worse, none of Maddie's companions are exactly as they appear, and nor, Maddie learns, is she.
Can Maddie discover the truth about the Queen of Eventide before it's too late...?
ALWAYS FURTHER TO FALL
An assault. A mystery. Facts that refuse to align. Signs pointing to the involvement of an otherworldly outsider. The Coldharbour agency’s bread-and-butter, aboveground or below.
For Carlotta Bosco, it’s an opportunity to prove herself to the irascible Professor Blackwood. But as the investigation proceeds, the stakes shift. Everything has its price…
Innocence, most of all.
A WALK IN MOONLIGHT
The village of Rackan has teetered on the brink for generations. When the moon rises, the demonic whispering ones stalk the streets, spiriting folk away to the court of twisted Jack, lord of cursed Fellhallow.
When her father's pleas to the Tressian council fall upon deaf ears, Mira Torinsal agrees to bring tribute to Lord Jack, and plead with him to spare Rackan and its people. But no one goes to Fellhallow.
At least, no one goes there and returns...
DEATH IN TRESSIA
When a prominent Sidarist is found murdered, suspicion falls upon the outlawed remnants of the Lumestran faith. It falls upon Sergeant Erika Nierev to catch the killer before the Sidarists take matters into their own hands.
But Tressia is a city of secrets – secrets that will not be easily brought out into the light...
Ambassador Edric Saran is having an uncommonly rough year. An exile in Tressia, the city of his ancestral enemies, he’s surrounded by a bodyguard he doesn’t trust, and expected to do a job that no one – least of all Edric himself – takes very seriously.
Oh, and then he's accused of murder.
Armed with only his sword, sardonic humour and a band of peculiar allies, can Edric clear his name, and save the world from a war between the living and the dead?
At long last, there is peace between the Tressian Republic and the Hadari Empire.
But deep below the Contested Lands, cultists labour to rouse ancient evils from slumber. In the skies above, the legendary serathi, handmaidens of the Radiant, have at last returned from their self-imposed exile. But why now?
Once again, it falls to Edric Saran and his allies to unravel the mystery before it's too late. The Light of the Radiant has the power to change everything, but at what cost?
WELCOME TO THE TOWER
Hi! I'm writer Matthew Ward, and this is my website.
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