Press Release | Moonlands by Steven Savile

I’ve been sent the official press pack for the Moonlands Diaries which I reviewed on Young & Un:Bound. I loved it and think you will too

Has an eerie feeling in the air ever teased chills from your spine? Have you been deep in thought and suddenly shifted topic entirely, unable to explain why? Is it possible, at least once in your life, you had to look twice to verify what you saw? Then it’s possible you’ve been a part of it already.

Welcome to London – the magical city where all is not as it seems. Where the unexpected is expected by those who know to look for it. Ashley Hawthorne has lived here all her life and like everyone else who’s grown used to the city, it holds no special meaning to her. That is, until that fated day she is willed an odd looking key – a key that not only unlocks her past, but her present and future as well. Suddenly, boring old London is turned into an otherworldly labyrinth where her first step could be her last. With frightening creatures intent on tracking her down and strangers who claim to have known her all her life, how can a teenager who doesn’t even know who she is, hope to survive the dangers that await?

“Savile’s newest work symbolizes the spirit of Young Adult adventure reading! Bold and unexpected – Moonland Diaries is a thrilling read for everyone who needs a break from the mundane. Savile proves he can write anything he wishes.”
– Ashley Knight, author of Fins & Fathom

Foxrain AB teams up with bestselling fantasy author Steven Savile for the epic and groundbreaking multimedia reading experience, Moonland Diaries. The project, which will initially launch as a series of richly illustrated novels, will be supplemented online, with apps and other exciting developments that take advantage of modern technology to give the most immersive experience imaginable.

The Moonland Diaries takes place in modern day London, but as the heroine fifteen-year-old Ashley Hawthorne soon discovers it’s a world quite different from the one we are all so familiar with. The city holds ancient gates and passages to the Moonlands – a world that is both fantasticly beautiful and deeply sinister. When wolf-like creatures enter our world through the gates, intent on killing Ashley, these two worlds collide. She is forced on a wild and terrifying adventure that could cost Ashley her life as well as her heart.

“The Moonland Diaries is a wonderful project that perfectly encapsulates the ethos of Foxrain. The company is all about telling classic stories of fantasy and horror, but with contemporary and completely unique take on them, both thematically and in terms of delivery. Readers will be able to experience the Moonland Diaries across all media platforms, making it the ultimate storytelling experience for the smartphone generation. To be able to create this universe together with a brilliant and versatile writer like Steve is nothing less than a dream coming true.” Says Foxrain CEO Michael Stenmark.

“I was drawn to Foxrain for Moonland Diaries because it was immediately obvious we shared a common belief that stories can (and in this day and age should) transcend traditional paper and ink, and even e-ink, into completely immersive universes. As a writer it’s a wonderful feeling to watch other incredibly talented artists and developers run with the ideas in your head and create wonderful rich imagery that just makes everything feel more alive,” Steve explains.

Foxrain AB is a publisher of primarily children’s and young adult fiction based in Stockholm Sweden-
Steve Savile is a multiple award-winning and bestselling British fantasy writer living in Stockholm Sweden.

Review | The Traitors Gate by Sarah Silverwood

The Traitors Gate
by Sarah Silverwood

The second on her first YA series, The Traitors Gate picks up the story of Finmere and his friends Christopher and Joe where The Double Edged Sword leaves off. If you haven’t read the first book this review may contain spoilers.

Starting with a sense of relief and celebration after the recent victory in the Nowhere some of the Knights are less confident their troubles are over. The three boys are all changed by the experience, Joe particularly altered by his new burden, leaving some distrustful of him.

When people are found infected with a madness that Tova the Storyholder saw and the sky darkens with an unnatural storm it becomes obvious it isn’t over. The biggest battles are still ahead. With knew Knights on board and unusual new allies the three boys and the Knights are entering a fight between good and evil for both worlds.

The first book was fantastic, a real adventure set between worlds and between childhood and manhood for the boys at sixteen. Traitors Gate continues all of that but is darker and more treacherous taking turns neither the boys nor the reader expects. Silverwood doesn’t pull punches either, no coddling the reader with the promise that good always triumphs, sometimes evil gets exactly what it’s looking for and sometimes good finds itself with the most unlikely warriors on it’s side. There is madness and horror as well as courage, there are senseless tragedies because face it the world is cruel and people caught up in frenzy of grief and anger can do truly awful things. Nothing is what it seems and it’s all to play for.

I am eagerly anticipating book three and the conclusion of Finwick’s journey.