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Beyond The Gloaming by Brendan Murphy

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It is Easter, 1973 and twelve year old Sebastian Duffy has some serious self-esteem issues. He is beaten by his parents, bullied at school, steals from his friends and still mourning the death of his brother. To cap it all, strange things have begun happening around him and he is finding it hard to distinguish dreams from reality. After a nightmarish assault, he wakes in the Gloaming, a shadow world inhabited by ghosts. There to greet him is Porrig, a creature from Hibercadia, a magical realm crafted from Celtic dreams. Inhabited by Fir Bolg, Tuath and Milesians, it has been overthrown by brother gods from another dreamworld. One brother, Phobitor, is a tyrant and even the Tuath, who took to their underground sidhe millennia ago, are concerned. Sebastian discovers that he alone can save Hibercadia by finding an enchanted spear. Teaming up with the Hibernauts–a mercurial sorceress, an orphaned druidess, a taciturn warrior, a snuff-sniffing leprechaun and a lovelorn poet–he embarks on a fantastical quest, but can he succeed when he is yet to find his magical potential or even his courage, and half the realm is bent on his destruction?

With a nod to the rip-roaring adventures I had loved as a boy, I set about writing the Sebastian and the Hibernauts series. Sebastian is a boy on the cusp of adolescence, lonely and confused, dazzled by life's cruelties. Thrust into a Celtic mythological landscape, his journey into adulthood begins. The stories are brimful of ghosts and gobbleratches, hunkypunks and barguest, leprechauns and cluricaun, mechanical fireworks and magic shillelaghs, quizzing glasses and night rainbows. There's a dastardly whodunit to keep you on your toes, several secret romances nestled amongst the pages, and skullduggery, treachery and twists and turns galore. Welcome to Hibercadia. Let the wonderment begin!

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Brendan Murphy

      

Brendan Murphy has scribbled something down every day since he was nine years old. After reading medicine in London and psychiatry in Manchester, he moved to Australia in 1999. He is an Associate Professor at Monash University, writes widely on youth mental health, has published a book on the history of football (From Sheffield with Love, 2007), and is a columnist for Aontacht Magazine. He is contracted to Assent Publishing for his six-book Celtic fantasy series, Sebastian and the Hibernauts. The first adventure, Beyond the Gloaming, was published in 2014. The sequel, The Traitor's Trap, was released in November 2015. He lives with his wife, Katrina, and their children, Sebastian and Violette, in a sprawling property built for the composer, Dorian Le Gallienne. They share their garden with a mob of kangaroos, a wombat, two possums, any number of creepy crawlies, and some very feisty kookaburras.

As a child, I immersed myself in a magical land of stories. As I grew older and reality crumbled the edifices of my fantastical world, I longed to recreate the rare and noble alchemy compressed between the covers of a children's book. My adult heart had added requirements: these would be books for adults and children, layered with themes and symbols, high and low.
With a nod to the rip-roaring adventures I had loved as a boy, I set about writing the Sebastian and the Hibernauts series. Sebastian is a boy on the cusp of adolescence, lonely and confused, dazzled by life's cruelties. Thrust into a Celtic mythological landscape, his journey into adulthood begins. The stories are brimful of ghosts and gobbleratches, hunkypunks and barguest, leprechauns and cluricaun, mechanical fireworks and magic shillelaghs, quizzing glasses and night rainbows. There's a dastardly whodunit to keep you on your toes, several secret romances nestled amongst the pages, and skullduggery, treachery and twists and turns galore. Welcome to Hibercadia. Let the wonderment begin!

Other Books By Brendan Murphy

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Beyond The Gloaming

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