The Forgotten Palace: An Adventure in Presadia By Luke Aylen
Lion Hudson | 23rd March 2019 | Paperback original | £7.99
Deep in the heart of Presadia’s Great Forest lie many secrets, including the ancient ruins of a once-magnificent palace. A chance encounter with a bedraggled stranger and the discovery of broken shards of a magical mirror lead Antimony, an unusually tall dwarf, on a journey to restore the palace. Amazingly, he soon finds himself in charge of a growing community who are determined to help him. Can Antimony juggle the responsibilities that have suddenly been thrust upon him while also confronting shocking truths about his own complicated past?
This unexpected adventure brings the oversized dwarf face to face with a violent opponent of the exiled king known as the Usurper. Antimony and his unlikely group must overcome tremendous odds if they are to restore what was broken and bring peace back to Presadia. Will they succeed, and will the king ever return to his rightful place?
The Forgotten Palace is the exciting sequel to The Mirror and the Mountain which can also be read as a standalone book. It explores contemporary real-world issues, including society’s attitude to refugees and the destruction of the planet. The book is aimed at middle grade readers and includes helpful follow-up questions for families to explore together.
Praise for The Mirror and the Mountain:
“From the first page to the last I was enthralled - from a magical kingdom to a magical book.” - Rob Parsons (OBE), founder of Care for the Family
“A world of rich imagery and powerful symbolism” - Gemma Willis, author
“Every child should read this book, mainly because they will love it but also because they’ll be taking something powerful into their souls that will serve them well.” - Rachel Gardner, director at Youthscape
“Opening up The Mirror and the Mountain brought back the warm, fuzzy feelings of reading The Famous Five and The Secret Seven. But as the story went on, and the message behind Luke’s storytelling became clear, the warm fuzziness turned to joy and surprise.” - Jamie Cutteridge, youth discipleship specialist at The Salvation Army
About Luke Aylen
Born in the heart of the New Forest, Luke Aylen grew up exploring forests and streams, building dens and inventing fantastic imaginary worlds in his mind. Despite always struggling with reading and writing due to dyslexia, he began writing stories from a very young age and was passionate about fantasy books. Alongside writing children’s fantasy novels, Luke is training to be a pioneer minister in Bristol - a path of Ordination in the Church of England which operates outside of traditional structures and innovatively reimagines how the church can serve the community. At 26 years of age, Luke will have two novels to his name, and he intends to continue his writing career alongside being a vicar.
The Mirror and the Mountain: An Adventure in Presadia is his first children’s fantasy book, with the second in the series, The Forgotten Palace: An Adventure in Presadia published on 23rd March 2019.