In January 2006 I started writing the background for an epic trilogy. I envisaged a huge story in the classic fantasy style that I had come to love as a child with CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien. But, of course, I also wanted to do something a little different. My central idea was one I had had as a child: that we might – each of us – have another part of ourselves, living right now in another world – a world beguilingly similar to our own, but also different. I wanted to write a story that asked questions: what if that other part of ourselves might be similar but different, too? What if that other part of ourselves could teach us something? What if this other world might tell us something about our myths and legends? About magic and science?
And so The Mirror Chronicles was born.
Join Sylas Tate on an adventure between worlds and selves and good and evil. What will you see in the mirror?
Half of your soul is missing. The lost part is in the mirror. And unless Sylas Tate can save you, you will never be whole again.
Sylas Tate leads a lonely existence since his mother died. But then the tolling of a giant bell draws him into another world known as the Other, where he discovers not only that he has an inborn talent for the nature-influenced magic of the Fourth Way, but also that his mother might just have come from this strange parallel place.
Meanwhile, evil forces are stirring, and an astounding revelation awaits Sylas as to the true nature of the Other. As violence looms and the stakes get ever higher, Sylas must seek out a girl called Naeo who might just be the other half of his soul – otherwise the entire universe may fall…
Together, they have unimaginable power. But unless they part, that power may destroy them.
As the dark lord Thoth raises a monstrous army, Sylas and Naeo discover that their new-found power could also be their undoing. At the same time, Sylas longs to find his mother, and Naeo her father. So begins a mirrored quest that will bring Naeo into our world of science and take Sylas deep into the magic of the Other. They both hope to find the one the other loves, but also the ultimate truth: of our broken worlds and divided souls, of prophecy and of Sylas and Naeo’s wondrous power.
But it’s a race against time. Even as they begin their journey, Thoth’s creatures mass at the gateways between our worlds – at the ancient circles of stone…
The black oozes across pavements, seeps into gutters and rivers. Darker than death, it is the first of five “Undoings” to be unleashed by Thoth in a bid to bring both worlds under his power.
If anyone can prevent his tyranny and mend what is broken, it is Sylas and his Glimmer, Naeo. Along with their friend Simia, they must journey aboard the enchanted Windrush to the Academy of Souls, where it all began. As our world falls and the last of the Suhl battle to survive, Sylas and Naeo must come to terms with each other and their power, confront the unthinkable source of the rift, and discover the truth of Quintessence, the element that binds all things.
Can Sylas and Naeo finally unify the worlds? And if they do, what will it mean for us all?