by Rebecca Hall
The first book in the Symphony of the Cursed series
Raised in the world-leading Academy of magic rather than by his absentee parents, Mitch has come to see it as his home. He’s spent more time with his friends than his family and the opinion of his maths teacher matters far more than that of his parents. His peaceful life is shattered when a devastating earthquake strikes and almost claims his little brother’s life. But this earthquake is no natural phenomenon, it’s a result of the ongoing war between Heaven and Hell. To protect the Academy, one of the teachers makes an ill-advised contract with a fallen angel, unwittingly bringing down The Twisted Curse on staff and students.
Even as they struggle to rebuild the school, things begin to go wrong. The curse starts small, with truancy, incomplete assignments, and negligent teachers over-reacting to minor transgressions, but it isn’t long before the bad behaviour escalates to vandalism, rioting and attempted murder. As they succumb to the influence of the curse, Mitch’s friends drift away and his girlfriend cheats on him. When the first death comes, Mitch unites with the only other students who, like him, appear to be immune to the curse; together they are determined to find the cause of the problem and stop it.
Despite Middle Earth being recently relocated from the Home Counties to New Zealand, it is still likely to be a surprising fantasy setting for many readers – especially here in the Northern hemisphere! But Rebecca is poised to change that perception. This is an exciting start to a promising new trilogy for fans of YA fantasy; and, as everyone knows, YA fantasy appeals to readers of all ages. Elsewhen Press is delighted that Rebecca chose us to help her to bring her vision and talent to its well-deserved audience.
Instrument of Peace, the first book in the Symphony of the Cursed series, was published in a digital edition on the 24th June 2016 and in paperback on 26th September 2016
ISBN: 978-1-908168-97-9 eBook List price £2.99 / €3.49 / $3.99
ISBN: 978-1-908168-87-0 paperback 368pp List price £9.99 / €11.99 / US$17.99
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- “A clever update to a magical school story with a twist.” – Christopher Nuttall on Instrument of War
- “exciting and fast-paced” – review of Instrument of Peace on RisingShadow
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