In 1348 Vebbia Carfax, accused of witchcraft, faced the terrifying ordeal of judgement by fire. Nearly eight hundred years later her descendant, 14-year-old Lily Carfax, moves from London to the ancient Carfax Hall. There she meets a mysterious stranger with no reflection who can move at supernatural speed. Luckily, Lily finds support from her new friends, Charlie, Hari and James, a bunch of extraordinary kids who share her horrifying secret. Soon they are plunged into an adventure full of bloodthirsty desire, danger and strange new worlds inhabited by new-found friends, foes, heroes and monsters. Who can they trust? And how will the events of the past affect them?
"I love the natural world, the here and now, but also fantasy fiction and fairy tales, not the Disney variety, but those darker, deeper stories that reveal everything about who we are, and I am particularly attracted to the idea of vampires! I love their supernatural strength, their speed, their ability to heal and the fact that they could be a force for both good and evil. But I don't see why a vampire should need to be Undead to be so awesome. The creatures living in our world have so many fantastic abilities and none of them are Undead, so why couldn't being a vampire just be a natural, if rare, phenomenon of the human condition? That's where I was coming from when I started the Carfax Chronicles and I really hope that you enjoy travelling on the journey with me into the worlds I have created. I live in the North East of England, near a Bronze Age settlement and the ring and cup markings that feature in the books. It's a place of ancient castles, myths and legends, fairy tales, heroes, heroines and monsters, but none of these are defined by geography. They are everywhere in the world around us and I look forward to taking you all over our fantastic world and into the others, as we start on our Carfax Chronicle adventures..." Ruth is available for interview and gives a great talk for children based on the books. Tyne Bridge Publishing is part of Newcastle Libraries. They continue their successful local history publishing programme and are now thought to be the only library service in the UK commercially publishing fiction.