HarperCollins (Pymble, NSW), April 2002 (reprint)
Paperback (469pp, 181x111mm) $17.75
The Stone Mage and the Sea is a fantasy set in a world of huge, red-sanded deserts, sunken buildings, vast coastlines where ships seldom appear and large skies ruled by the Sky Wardens. It is a sparsely populated landscape that Saland his father Gershom have been steadily roaming for as long as Sal can remember. Moving from one small settlement to another, they have always been together and Sal has never questioned this, though he longs to know more about his mother.
Then they arrive in the settlement of Funderlry, closer to the sea than they have ever been and Sal is aware that things are different. His father is hiding something. Soon, the secret threads and unanswered questions of Sal's life start to tug at him, especially when he is rescued from the local bully by the girl Shilly and her teacher Lodo, the old tattooed man who lights the lamps in Fundelry. As the time approaches when the Sky Wardens are to come and select the young teenagers to be trained in 'the change', Sal must learn, and learn fast, not only about himself and his father, but about love and freedom.
This superb atmospheric fantasy is set in a world of huge, red-sanded deserts, sunken buildings and vast coastlines, where the sky and sea are ruled by Wardens, and where those with magical ability are taken to The Haunted City to be trained in the Change...
Sal and his father Gershom have always been together, travelling, for as long as Sal can remember, moving from one small settlement to another. Sale has never questioned this, though he longs to know who his mother is and where she is now. But his father is silent on these matters. Then they arrive in the settlement of Fundelry and Sal becomes aware that his father is hiding something and their proximity to the sea seems to be a part of the mystery. When Sal is rescued from the local bully by Shilly and her teacher Lodo, the old tattooed man who lights the lamps in Fundelry, it becomes clear that Lodo and Gershom are connected in some way. As the time approaches for the Sky Wardens to select the young teenagers to be raised in the Change, Sal must learn, fast; about the past and about his abilities if he is to escape capture…
Read an extract from The Stone Mage and the Sea.
Purchase The Stone Mage and the Sea from Dymocks Online.