Published: 28/06/2014
ISBN: 9781784620066
eISBN: 9781784627041
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I have always been interested in the myths and folk-lore of the British Isles and Lord of the Silver Hand reflects this. Adult readers may also notice the echoes of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the qu... read more

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Hy Brazil
The Elven Wars Trilogy – Book One
by Gerald Killingworth

The year is 1591 and nineteen-year old Edward Harry sails to Ireland as secretary to the famous poet Edmund Spenser.

Confident of his own talents, Edward expects to make his fortune as the English impose their rule on the embittered Irish. His life is blown off-course when an excursion in a small boat off the coast of Kinsale in County Cork leads to a landing on the fabled island of Hy Brazil, the Elven realm.

All is not well in Hy Brazil. The island is riven by a savage civil war and Edward Harry and Calvagh, his Irish companion, are drawn into the very heart of the conflict.

This is a beautifully-crafted tale of strange magics and one young man’s struggle to cope with an extraordinary destiny.

Praise for Hy Brazil

'A vivid, unusual and intelligent fantasy in a style reminiscent of Cloud Atlas, supporting many elements of genuine folklore in a fascinating, well-characterised, historical mix. Gerald Killingworth writes about the fairyland of Hy Brazil as if he'd actually been there.' – Herbie Brennan, bestselling author of The Faerie Wars series

'From the chance-driven, incalculable Elizabethan world of Walter Raleigh and Edmund Spenser, in an Ireland promising fabulous realms beyond barely-imagined horizons, Gerald Killingworth has fashioned an engrossing fictional universe that Shakespeare would call ‘fantastical’ and I loved every moment of my voyage across it.' – Jonathan Keates, prizewinning biographer and novelist. Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

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I have written a number of novels for adults and children but Lord of the Silver Hand is the first to be published. A sequel is already written in which the same brother and sister have a mystical experience during a holiday to Greece. Fantasy is a large part of my work but it is by no means all I write. I would call it 'literary' fantasy in any case as you would not expect someone who has taught English for as long as I have not to be seriously concerned about language and style,even in books aimed at twelve year olds. One of my most successful plays on the London 'fringe' was an adaptation of The Golden Ass by Apuleius, a romping piece which is full of magic and sauciness. I have new and unperformed plays based on classical texts as well as a substantial piece about our English heritage and what it means to people. The two works of fiction I hope to finish in the very near future are a non-fantasy book for children and an historical fantasy set in late 16th century Ireland

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