Elsewhen Press announces second book in YA Fantasy trilogy from New Zealand author Rebecca Hall

The Eternity War is still being waged and the Academy remains caught up in it. The new Principal is an angel, the Teratology teacher is a vampire, the Instrument of Peace is hiding, but who is the Instrument of War?

DARTFORD, KENT – 24 April 2017 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the latest book by New Zealand author Rebecca Hall. Instrument of War is the second book of Symphony of the Cursed, a YA fantasy trilogy set in the central North Island of New Zealand. Instrument of War continues from Instrument of Peace, the first book in the trilogy, as Mitch, Hayley and Nikola return for their final year in the International Academy of Magic at Lake Moawhango. The Angels are coming…

Artwork by Alison Buck
Artwork by Alison Buck

The Host wants to know what the Academy was trying to hide and why the Fallen agreed to it. They want the Instrument of War, the one thing that can tip the Eternity War in their favour and put an end to the stalemate. Any impact on the Academy staff, students or buildings is just collateral damage.

Mitch would like to forget that the last year ever happened, but that doesn’t seem likely with Little Red Riding Hood now teaching Teratology. The vampire isn’t quite as terrifying as he first thought, but she’s not the only monster at the Academy. The Fallen are spying on everyone, the new Principal is an angel and there’s an enchanting exchange student with Faerie blood.

Angry and nervous of the angels surrounding him, Mitch tries to put the pieces together. He knows that Hayley is the Archangel Gabriel. He knows that she can determine the course of the Eternity War. He also knows that the Fallen will do anything to hide Gabriel from the Host – even allowing an innocent girl to be kidnapped.

Peter Buck, Editorial Director at Elsewhen Press, said “With her exciting trilogy, Rebecca has firmly established New Zealand as a location for contemporary fantasy, not just Middle Earth! Fans of YA fantasy, readers of all ages, have been captivated by Instrument of Peace, impressed by Rebecca’s well thought-through magic system, the depth of her characters, and the believable nature of their relationships. What comes next in Instrument of War will both enchant and surprise. We are delighted to be able to help Rebecca bring her vision and talent to such an appreciative audience.”

Instrument of War, Book II of the Symphony of the Cursed trilogy, will be published in eBook formats in June 2017 and in paperback in September 2017.

Notes for Editors

About Rebecca Hall

Rebecca HallRebecca started writing when she was supposed to be studying for her exams at Otago University but somehow passed anyway, eventually graduating with a decorative piece of paper. She moved to the UK to pursue a career in publishing and after a couple of mishaps ended up in Edinburgh and sold Symphony of the Cursed to Elsewhen Press, which is not quite the career she had in mind. The career she did have in mind was along more editorial lines, which is why she is now a volunteer at Inspired Quill and a freelance copy-editor for everyone else. She also has a blog
which she infrequently remembers to update, where those mysterious things known as short stories can be found.

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Mitch couldn’t help but be jealous of all the fictional wizards out there

Instrument of Peace, the first book in the Symphony of the Cursed series by Rebecca Hall is available from today as an eBook.

Artwork by Alison Buck  based on feather photo by KPG_Payless/shutterstock.com
Artwork by Alison Buck
based on feather photo by KPG_Payless/shutterstock.com

Raised in New Zealand at the world-leading Academy of magic rather than by his absentee parents, Mitch has come to see it as his home. He’s spent more time with his friends than his family and the opinion of his maths teacher matters far more than that of his parents. The best maths student in the school, Mitch is unhappy to discover that Hayley, a girl who beat him in last year’s inter-school competition, has just transferred to the Academy. Nobody expects her to stay long and no-one befriends her. But when a devastating earthquake strikes the school, Mitch’s little brother Cullum is trapped and Hayley rescues him. Mitch is torn between his rivalry with her and being grateful that she saved Cullum’s life. He already knew that Hayley carries a golden feather around with her, but now he discovers that it is an Archangel feather, although he doesn’t yet know how significant it will turn out to be…

The paperback edition of Instrument of Peace will be launched at FantasyCon by the Sea in Scarborough in September. The eBook is available on all popular platforms (click here for details and links).

 

REVEALED – The cover of Instrument of Peace

Rebecca Hall’s YA Fantasy series Symphony of the Cursed kicks off with Instrument of Peace which will be published in a digital edition in June. We can now reveal the cover, but first a little scene-setting:

 
Raised in the world-leading Academy of magic rather than by his absentee parents, Mitch has come to see it as his home. He’s spent more time with his friends than his family and the opinion of his maths teacher matters far more than that of his parents. The best maths student in the school, Mitch is unhappy to discover that Hayley, a girl who beat him in last year’s inter-school competition, has just transferred to the Academy. Nobody expects her to stay long and no-one befriends her. But when a devastating earthquake strikes the school, Mitch’s little brother Cullum is trapped and Hayley rescues him. Mitch is torn between his rivalry with her and being grateful that she saved Cullum’s life. He already knew that Hayley carries a golden feather around with her, but now he discovers that it is an Archangel feather, although he doesn’t yet know how significant it will turn out to be…

The Academy is overshadowed by Mount Ruapehu and the ongoing battle between Heaven and Hell is causing not just earthquakes but volcanic eruptions. Very quickly the school and its grounds are covered in grey ash. In the cover we can see the golden Archangel feather lying on a blanket of ash. As you can imagine it proved to be very difficult for us to get hold of an Archangel feather to photograph – they are rather rare!

Artwork by Alison Buck  based on feather photo by KPG_Payless/shutterstock.com
Artwork by Alison Buck
based on feather photo by KPG_Payless/shutterstock.com

The paperback edition of Instrument of Peace will be launched at FantasyCon by the Sea in Scarborough in September.

 

New Zealand author Rebecca Hall signs with UK publisher for YA Fantasy trilogy

A supernatural earthquake, an imprudent teacher, a fallen angel, a twisted curse, an archangel’s reincarnation, a zombie horse. A bad start to the year… and just who is the Instrument of Peace?

DARTFORD, KENT – 9 February 2016 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce that author Rebecca Hall has signed a deal to publish her debut novel Instrument of Peace, the first book in a YA fantasy trilogy set in the central North Island of New Zealand. The story follows Mitch, who finds his friends turning against him when they fall under the influence of The Twisted Curse.

Raised in the world-leading Academy of magic rather than by his absentee parents, Mitch has come to see it as his home. He’s spent more time with his friends than his family and the opinion of his maths teacher matters far more than that of his parents. His peaceful life is shattered when a devastating earthquake strikes and almost claims his little brother’s life. But this earthquake is no natural phenomenon, it’s a result of the ongoing war between Heaven and Hell. To protect the Academy, one of the teachers makes an ill-advised contract with a fallen angel, unwittingly bringing down The Twisted Curse on staff and students.

Even as they struggle to rebuild the school, things begin to go wrong. The curse starts small, with truancy, incomplete assignments, and negligent teachers over-reacting to minor transgressions, but it isn’t long before the bad behaviour escalates to vandalism, rioting and attempted murder. As they succumb to the influence of the curse, Mitch’s friends drift away and his girlfriend cheats on him. When the first death comes, Mitch unites with the only other students who, like him, appear to be immune to the curse; together they are determined to find the cause of the problem and stop it.

Rebecca describes Instrument of Peace as a magic school setting combined with the reality of the mundane world and horror of the Dresden Files, without any characters named Harry. Her trilogy sees Mitch move from high school to university while he strives to break The Twisted Curse that threatens those around him.

According to Peter Buck, Editorial Director at Elsewhen Press, “despite Middle Earth being recently relocated from the Home Counties to New Zealand, it is still likely to be a surprising fantasy setting for many readers – especially here in the Northern hemisphere! But we think that Rebecca is poised to change that perception. This is an exciting start to a promising new trilogy for fans of YA fantasy; and, as everyone knows, YA fantasy appeals to readers of all ages. We are delighted that Rebecca chose Elsewhen Press to help her to bring her vision and talent to its well-deserved audience.”

Instrument of Peace will be published later this year by Elsewhen Press in both digital and print editions.

Notes for Editors

About Rebecca Hall

Rebecca HallRebecca started writing when she was supposed to be studying for her exams at Otago University but somehow passed anyway, eventually graduating with a decorative piece of paper. She moved to the UK to pursue a career in publishing and after a couple of mishaps ended up in Edinburgh and sold Instrument of Peace to Elsewhen Press, which is not quite the career she had in mind. The career she did have in mind was along more editorial lines which is why she is now a volunteer at Inspired Quill and a freelance copy-editor for everyone else. She also has a blog which she infrequently remembers to update, where those mysterious things known as short stories can be found.

Even after two years, she is baffled by the fact that the British use miles, pints and 1p coins but things like pineapple lumps, black forest chocolate and L&P have not caught on. Rebecca would like to make it very clear that she is a Kiwi and absolutely NOT an Australian (or South African) and she will do almost anything for chocolate.