The odyssey continues across the world-wall of Stone …
In a world beyond our own, Jonah Lightfoot and Annie West embark on a perilous voyage across Stone’s vertical sea. Along the way they meet dragons and dryads, a forest that speaks and the mighty Rata Kadul, goddess of the ocean. Awaiting them is a showdown with the immortal dragon Archan, returning from the abyss into which she was cast.
But Archan is not the only danger. As Stone’s treacherous magic weaves its subtle spells, the voyagers begin to wonder if their minds are still their own. And when Jonah delves deep into Stone’s fragile store of memories, he learns that time’s great river is his to command.
Everything – even history – is about to change.
- “A fascinating adventure in the grand old tradition” – Charlotte Austin Review
- “Good solid fantasy … superior fare” – Amazon
- “A world as coherent as McCaffrey’s Pern yet as relevant to the reader’s own view of the universe as John Crowley’s Aegypt series. Edwards is a very significant writer in this respect.” – Fantastic Fiction
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The story behind Stone & Sea
Middle books of a trilogy are sometimes tricky but I had a whale of a time with this one. Right out of the gate, it veered from my imagined synopsis and set off on its own course without so much as a ‘by-your-leave’. So I just shut my eyes and let myself be swept along, in particular enjoying the possibilities raised by Jonah’s new-found powers (the ability to change history – or rather the memory of history, which is somewhat different).
The strange physical qualities of Stone’s inverted ocean demanded that I soak the characters in charm for a while. Some of the things that happened as a result of this surprised me. I also had fun with some of the standard fantasy stereotypes. Mermaids were too obvious for my sea-going tale, so I went for selkies and a giant sea goddess who’s half-woman, half-whale. Don’t ask where she came from – I’ve no idea.
In Stone & Sky, I’d introduced a new dragon character called Kythe. Stone’s peculiar brand of time travel gave Kythe the chance to explore the early history of her race, a time period I’d left deliberately vague in Dragoncharm and its sequels. While writing Stone & Sea, I came to realise this time travel business was the key to wrapping up the whole trilogy.