The gods have been proven mortal and new heroes will arise as the battle continues in the sequel to Age of Myth. Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against a common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess makes the Fhrey indistinguishable from gods?
The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feels nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind. With time running out, Persephone leads the gifted young seer Suri, the Fhrey sorceress Arion, and a small band of misfits in a desperate search for aid, a quest that will take them into the darkest depths of Elan.
There, an ancient adversary waits, an enemy as surprising as it is deadly.
Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover – working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try and tame the past that is fast catching up with him.
The only thing Tom mustn’t do is fall in love. How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn how to live.
There is one version of the story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How he went from being Peter Pan’s first, and favorite, lost boy to his greatest enemy. What if the friend who became Peter Pan’s nemesis is not the black-hearted villain Peter says he is?
Peter brought the first lost boy to his island because there were no rules and no grownups. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Their neighbors are pirates and monsters. Their toys are knife and stick and rock, the kinds of playthings that bite. Peter promised they’d all be young and happy forever.
Bonny Blankenship’s most treasured memories are of idyllic summers spent in Watersend, South Carolina, with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Amid the sand dunes and oak trees they swam and wished for happy-ever-afters, then escaped to the local bookshop to read and whisper in the cool silence. Until the night that changed everything, the night that Lainey’s mother disappeared.
Now, in her early 50s, Bonny is desperate to clear her head after a tragic mistake threatens her career as an ER doctor, and her marriage crumbles around her. With her troubled teenage daughter, Piper, in tow, she goes back to the river house, where she is joined by Lainey and her two children and bookshop owner Mimi, who is tangled in the past and its mysteries. As the three women cling to a fragile peace, buried secrets and long ago loves return like the tide.
Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery. She kept her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, the place where Juliet grew up. Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together – scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream – vanish every seven years.
No one knows what caused these “Disappearances”, or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected Juliet Quinn was responsible – and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind. As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was.