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About the author:
Zac Alstin is a writer, philosopher, and stay-at-home dad from Adelaide, South Australia.
Having accepted as a teenager the conventional wisdom that "you can be anything you want to be", Zac spent the next twenty years trying to figure out what that was, before finally realising that it wasn't meant to taken literally in the first place.
In the meantime he wrote more than a hundred opinion pieces for various online publications, delighting in finding new perspectives and insights into all the world's problems, including problems it didn't know it had.
Having solved all the world's problems, Zac turned his attention to fiction, lured by the inevitability of untold wealth and glory.
Zac currently lives with his wife and young son in a battered shoebox by the side of a major arterial road, from which vantage point he contemplates eternity, worries about the future, and compulsively checks his amazon sales rank.
Zac loves martial arts, comparative religion, roasting his own coffee, brewing his own beer, pickling his own vegetables and now writing his own books.
To Create a World
"We humans have a need, a desire for something magical, for something otherworldly. And that desire was once sated. They used to live among us, the creatures of our dreams and nightmares. We used to dwell in the midst of great adventures and heroism, battles between good and evil."
"Then what happened to it all?" Tom asked in a quiet voice.
The old man shrugged. "People found a way to deny the need, most of them, or to fill it with other things, distractions. And so that other world, that other realm has shrunk. It used to be everywhere, and now it is almost impossible to find.
"I can see you don't believe me," Randolph sighed, "but you don't have to believe me. All you have to do is keep going deeper into the forest. Find the magician, and he'll cure your sister's illness, and you can go back to living here in the hills. It couldn't be easier."
Tom Gunn loves reading fantasy books and having adventures on his family's land in the hills. But when his sister becomes mysteriously sick and their parents decide to move down to the city, Tom feels like his life has had all the adventure sucked out of it.
Then one day Tom runs into their gruff old neighbour Mr Randolph, who tells him about a hidden magical world, and a magician who can cure his sister. But Tom arrives to find the world all but empty, and the magician long gone. Now it's up to Tom to put things right, to bring back the magic and adventure and somehow save his sister!
- Publication Date:
- 1546886486 / 9781546886488
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 5.06" x 7.81"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction / Fantasy & Magic