THORN JACK IN TRADE PAPERBACK!
Release date March 2015
BRIAR QUEEN COMING OUT JUNE 2015!
"Because the Wolf is no longer at the door—he's come through it." Moth gently turned her so that she could see the blessed had stepped back from the bonfire.
Here is your enemy, Finn thought. Here is the one who took Lily away.
Tall shadows moved from the hedge maze, bleeding across the snow, unseen as yet by the gathering of HallowHeart's oblivious, frivolous students. The shadows became strangers in fur coats and clothes with a punk, belle epoque flair. Old jewelry flashed on their fingers and throats. Their faces were young, beautiful, their brutal aristocracy meant to inspire terror.
One figure separated from the pack and approached Phouka. His hair was mahogany brown, his face that of a Bronte antihero, with a thin scar across one cheekbone. He wore an expensive suit beneath a fur-lined greatcoat and he carried a walking stick like a weapon.
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5 THORN JACK FACTS
1) The 7 abandoned mansions: Each house once belonged to a wealthy Fair Hollow family. They now stand empty and have become portals to the otherworld. They are SunStone, Mermaid House, The Sleeping Beauty, MoonGlass, The Sphinx, LeafStruck, and SatyrNight.
2) Ghasta, The Avenging Demon by Percy Bysse Shelley: This gothic poem is about a warrior who encounters a demonic force. It's the poem Jack quotes to Finn as a love sonnet, which reveals where his mind is: 'Thou are mine and I am thine, 'Till the ending of the world, I am thine and thou art mine, 'Till in ruin death is hurled—'
3) Tirnagoth Hotel: In the 1920s, a wealthy man named Malcolm Tirnagoth had the Tirnagoth Hotel built. He gave his wife StarDust Studios, where she made silent films. Nicollet Tirnagoth eventually became possessed by a malevolent spirit called Nyx and their three children were stolen away by Reiko Fata to become the Rooks. Malcolm Tirnagoth was murdered and the hotel fell to ruin and is now a haunted place.
4) Jacks and Jills: Young people stolen by malicious Fatas, made immortal, stitched full of alchemical flowers and faery spells to become assassins and seducers.
5) HallowHeart College: Its origins are unknown. It may have have once been a school for alchemy in 1700s Prague, or a college of the arts in Germany's Black Forest in the 1800s. It was definitely transferred, stone by stone, from somewhere else, and Rowan Cruithnear, the dean, came with it. It is now Fair Hollow's liberal arts college.
3 SCARY QUOTES FROM 'VISIONS AND BELIEFS IN THE WEST OF IRELAND' BY LADY GREGORY
1) 'The Amadan-na-Briona, he changes his shape every two days. Sometimes he comes like a youngster, and then he'll come like the worst of beasts.'
2) 'There was boys used to be stealing apples from the orchard at Tyrone, and something in white with a candle used to come after them, and then change to something in red.'
3) And I knew a boy met the coach...one time. Drawn by four horses it was, and lights about it and music, and the horses dressed with flowers. And in it were sitting ladies, very clever-looking and wild, and their hair twisted up on their heads...'
A PAGE FROM LILY ROSE'S JOURNAL
5 FACTS ABOUT BRIAR QUEEN, THE SECOND BOOK in The NOTHING AND NIGHT SERIES:
1) The Mockingbirds: They are a family of Fata witches. Pale-skinned, pale-haired, and lovely, they aren't quite sane. Their habitat is the Ghostlands, but they also nest in southern states like West Virginia and South Carolina.
2) The Ghostlands: The otherworld. Fairyland. The Taibhse na Tir. Tir Na Nog. The Ghostlands is a border place with a shifting reality based on the true world. Abandoned things and places end up here and Fata kings and queens contest one another.
3) Goblin Market: Located in an abandoned museum in the Ghostlands, this is where Fata criminals and changelings trade in things from the true world. It's a dangerous place. You don't want to make a bargain here.
4) Seth Lot: The Wolf king, Reiko's former Fata lover, who comes to Fair Hollow seeking revenge.
5) The moth key: Becomes a significant character in the second and third books.