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Cornwall: the magical county of origin

I take great joy in introducing the uninitiated traveller to the delights of Cornwall, Britain’s most magicl county and the point of origin for the Changeling Trilogy.

We were in Porthleven and The Lizard again recently and visited the Witchcraft Museum (Museum of Witchcraft and Magic) where much of the inspriration for the series took flight. It’s the greatest spcae for exploring the ancient lore, in my view, and even beats Salem and similar dedicated spaces on account of its breadth, authenticity and journey through witchcraft, nestling in magical Boscastle, haunt of many a Sea Witch down the centuries.

Coverack is, of course, the site of much of the action in the series and it’s not surprising that it plays such a prominent rle, not least because the first book was largely written there. Coverack was the site of an ancient Bronze Age settlement and a walk along its coastal paths soaked in the heady scent of ancient apple and wild garlic is the surest way of spotting the little folk in the hedgerows as they eternally chase the darker shadows cast by more malevolent residents.

Boof Fairy book drop in Coverack

Perhaps you’ve heard of Mousehole, where the famous Mousehole Cat once defied a storm that was starving is residents? The locals still celebrate this feat in their stargazey pie and in the magical lights that fill the harbour at Christmas.

However, a favourite place of ours is Kynance Cove. It was once one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets, a series of beaches and caves that could easily feature in a pirate’s dream of the South Pacific, but proudly light up the tip of the county’s tail. How many children have visited in the hope of glancing a glimpse of Savannah’s Crustal Cave or maybe even catching the heroic mermaid at play with her dolphin companions, Moonstone necklace shining like a star?

Kynance Cover: Savannah’s home

If you’ve visited Cornwall this Summer, then why not re-visit the Changeling Trilogy to re-trace the steps of your holiday in the enchanted county? It will transport you straight back there? But if you haven’t yet, then read all about it in the Legend of the Lost and start planning who and where you’ll visit first this time next year when the long WInter wanes?

*If you’re on Facebook, why not join the group dedicated to the Changeling Trilogy?

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Got the collection? Completed the journey?

Josepth Campbell was a mythologist/anthropologist who studied the storytelling norms and rituals of indigenous people from countries around the globe. He was interested in analysing the patterns in those stories as he passionately believed that, regardless of where the stories originated from, however remote or isolated, they would have much in common.

One of the concepts stemming from his life’s work is the notion of the hero’s journey. We can trace this from ancient stories right the way through to today’s Disney blockbusters and it tells of an evryperson, an ordinary member of the common community who faces an exceptional challenge on behalf of that community, undergoes a series of trials, encountering all sorts of archetypal characters on the way, and eventually overcomes them in order to return with learning and wisodm.

The hero’s journey is at the core of the Changeling Saga. It is most evident in the first book, Legend of the Lost and builds through all three books.

As we all emerge from a global pandemic together, much as the Savage family emerge from the fog of a plague of dark magic, we must all realise that we are changed. We can never be the same. We have all given up the life we had and, with the benefit of fresh knowedge, a gift or curse, must now face the lives we were fated for.

How is this post pandemic life shaping up for you and your family? Well, you could do worse than embark upon your jurney in the company of a family of allies who are heroes too, but bring learnings and llies from all three realms!

Why not pick up copies of the complete first edition set today?

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Ends of the Earth: Review by The Brick Castle

We are very pleased to receive another review from the lovely Mumsnet influencers, the Brick Castle team.

The Changeling trilogy was written for the enjoyment of the whole family, so we really value the perspective of our family reviewers, especially those with the proven pedigree of Jenny and her children. This is probably the key passge:

The author is brilliant at creating a scene, so the backdrops and imagery come really easily, and you can picture the action playing out in front of you. It all seems very plausible, and the unusual in everyday life is woven into the story, so you can almost believe these characters do exist. Although you can read Ends Of The Earth as a standalone tale, you will benefit from reading the first book in the Changeling Series, Legend Of The Lost, which we reviewed last year. 

A great story, with two very clear and dramatic backdrops and storylines running in tandem. Ideal for younger readers who want something with a bit of depth, mystery and fantasy, but with modern day characters, who are still very much like them

Thank you Jenny. Please do look up the Brick Castle for all things family and lots of book and toy reviews.

The publishers, Green Cat, are currently offering all sorts of special offers and discounts on children’s and other book genres. Pop by their shop.

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Exciting News: the sequel launches

Ends of the Earth, the second book in the changeling saga and the sequel to Legend of the Lost launches this weekend.

An exciting new partnership with independent publisher Green Cat , based in Derbyshire (which also happens to be the source of many of the names of the characters in Legend of the Lost), has meant that we have printed the second run of Legend of the Lost (revised edition) and have signed to complete the first three books.

As you can see, the iconic purple of Book 1 gives way to this firebrand gold design reflecting the ongoing struggles of the ancient Cornish Trelgathwin family as they battle the physical and behavioural pandemic that threatens the family and all they hold dear.

Once again, the human, animal and Fae kingdoms entwine, however the settings expand, as the title implies, to exciting pastures new where a diverse array of new allies wait and evil takes on many different forms.

Hopefully this sequel will be as well recieved by multiple generations as Legend of the Lost has been.

Green Cat will be offering a range of bulk buying and other deals for those who would like to purchase both books in the new design or to catch up on the series to date. Do check in with them.

The entire series is now live on Amazon and all the usual outlets in hard and soft versions. And, signed and dedicated copies can be requested from Ian, by dropping us a line via the contact page.

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Full Moon Transformation

Anyone who has driven to Cornwall should be familiar with the “nearly there” or, as Legend of the Lost fans know them, “sentinel trees” that stand on a hill guarding the way. Well, this October full moon they have had a dramatic make-over. And Legend of the Lost has transformed too.

An exciting new partnership with Green Cat Publishing sees the iconic purple cover evolve into a more chilling depiction to bring out the drama in the magical adventure, just as those atmospheric red lights suggest that there’s more in the Seintinel Trees than a warm welcome. Please do drop by and check it out.

It’s fitting that this development in the evolution of the story of the changeling children comes on a spectacular new moon’s night. We’re sure the werebeasts will approve. And if you are heading to Cornwall, watch out for those trees. They’re apparently lit in solidarity with the people impacted by the pandemic.

But we know the real reason…….right?

Anyone still wanting a signed copy of the special first edition version of Legend of the Lost can try messaging Ian direct and he’ll be glad to sign one for you while limited stock lasts. But there aren’t many left…