A powerful novel combines elements of fantasy and mythology with a contemporary setting
When Michael staggers home red-eyed and confused from an afternoon alone on the hill, his family suspect sunstroke or even drugs. But the truth is more terrifying than that. By digging up a Celtic cross in the churchyard, church excavators have released the evil influences of an ancient worm, a dragon long buried under the neighbouriing hill, and powerful forces are at large among the community. Sinister neighbours have already yielded to the enticements of this power and are determined to make Michael one of their own brethren. The fragile bonds that link Michael with his brother and sister are seemingly about to be destroyed in a fight for his soul. This is powerful storytelling. Placed firmly in a contemporary background, Buried Fire shows how the dark past can return and have a nightmare hold on people in the present. In a brilliant finale the dragon and its disciples confront the forces of good in a battle of epic proportions and the almost unbearable tension is sustained to the very last word.
Praise for Buried Fire
Jonathan Stroud writes like a seasoned veteran with a voice all his own, and tells a cracking story that races to a strong climaxDaily Telegraph
(an) atmospheric and gripping debutThe Times
an impressive debut... a gripping taleObserver
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