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Otherworld: The Isle of Mist

Otherworld: The Isle of Mist [Kindle Edition]

Adrian Bailey
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When fifteen year old apprentice conservator Wally Gobbett unearths a forgotten medieval manuscript, The Secret Chronicle of the Isle of Mist, hidden in the basement of the British Library in London, little does he realise that the secret contained within its pages will draw him into a magical world that will change his life forever.

Pursued by the agents of a sinister organisation known as ‘The Order’, who want the Secret Chronicle for themselves, Wally is forced to flee to the mysterious Isle of Mist where he discovers a secret community of witches and wizards, ruled over by the powerful sorcerer - Manannan Mac Lir.

With the help of an unlikely group of friends, Wally battles dragons, vicious hobgoblins and the agents of The Order as he tries to solve the riddle of the Secret Chronicle and aid the sorcerer Manannan in his quest to vanquish the evil that threatens to destroy the place where the power of magic comes from – the Otherworld.

Fast paced and full of wonder, Otherworld: The Isle of Mist announces Adrian Bailey as a great new voice in the world of fantasy.

Authors note;

Otherworld – the Isle of Mist is a book that was never meant to be published. It was written purely to raise money for my local children’s hospice – Rebecca House, as a way of thanking all the clients who have supported my Physiotherapy clinic over the years. Now, thanks to the generosity and support of MP Publishing, I am a published author and have the opportunity to extend the scope of my fundraising. All my royalties from the sale of this book in the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are being donated to Rebecca House, as are MP Publishing’s net profits.
I hope you enjoy my book and get some satisfaction from the fact that at least some of the money you have paid will be doing somebody, some good, somewhere.
Cheers, Adi Bailey.

About the Author;

Adrian was born in Clatterbridge, near Liverpool, in 1967 and the first thing that happened to him, apart the customary smack on the backside, was to receive the last rites due to acute oxygen deprivation of the brain. Now while this is not the most auspicious start to life, things could only get better and it does explain an awful lot about why his mind works the way it does.
Having stubbornly survived the attentions of the NHS he enjoyed a thoroughly middle class upbringing in Greater Manchester. No tales of working class woe to tell here. No stories of battling illiteracy and escaping from poverty, although he did attend a boarding school where using an umbrella was a sixth form privilege. For a lad from rainy Manchester that was akin to social depravation and left him psychologically scarred for life.
In 1989, by some miracle, he qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist and in 1995 he moved to the Isle of Man where he set up his own clinic.
Adrian enjoys cooking and especially eating. He is a long time rugby player and a keen movie buff but of late spends most of his free time cutting, pasting and yelling at his computer (other author will know what I’m talking about).
Otherworld-The Isle of Mist is his first foray into the world of literary fiction since winning the prestigious 1977 Pownall Hall Prep School Prize for Creative Writing. He also won the History Prize too which reassured his Mum that, despite evidence to the contrary, he wasn’t stupid just lazy.
Those who have read his book understand those two prizes were strangely prophetic and gave an early indication of some talent. As Adrian himself said when asked about writing his first novel;
“This writing lark is easy. I don’t know what all the fuss is about”
But then again, maybe, that was the oxygen deprivation talking.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling, even for adults 18 Dec 2011
I am not by inclination a natural reader of fantasy literature, preferring instead the genres `Military History' and `Comedy/Humour'. In fact the only fantasy author I've ever really had any affection or time for was Terry Pratchett, until he inevitably became tedious and repetitive, pitiably stuck spinning his wheels: Gosh, a malevolent supernatural phenomenon is inexorably threatening the entire Discworld, but an unwilling/unlikely hero saves the day in a near deux ex machina denouement, how original! That being said, I do retain enormous respect for Sir Terry's overall body of work, particularly his inventive `Johnny' books and outstanding opening brace of Discworld novels (`Colour' and `Light'), and here's where things get interesting: `Otherworld - The Isle of mist' was given to me as an early Christmas gift - unexpected but not unwelcome - and for me the fluid, engaging writing style coupled with genuine wit and intelligence are very much reminiscent of Terry Pratchett, although there is unquestionably no brazen aping of an established master in evidence here. For one thing, `Otherworld - The Isle of mist' is (tenuously) bound to our real world, centred as it is on the rich Celtic myths and legends peculiar to the Isle of Man, imaginatively and artfully crafted into a well-paced and entertaining adventure that is uniformly articulate and absolutely engrossing without being at all derivative. For another, the plot is markedly energetic to the point of breakneck liveliness, a stark contrast to Pratchett's measured buildups.

I enjoyed Pratchett precisely because he made the unreal seem real, expertly keeping his writing devoid of jarring artifice to convince the reader that the described events could very well be taking place somewhere.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Links to Isle of man 10 Jan 2014
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Bought because of the Isle of Man link but place names completely fictional. Most annoying thing was the typos andwordsalljoinedtogether.! I might buy the next one if it comes up as a reminder.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Fast paced fantasy 10 May 2013
I have read a few books written by Isle Of Man authors and, living on the Island myself, have usually been quite disappointed. Not on this occasion I must say. Adrian has written a fantasy novel which compares very favourably to some of the best I have read. It is fast paced, exciting and as has been mentioned before, with believable characters. It is so good to be able to relate to real places written into such a charming story. Weel done. When is the next volume appearing? :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Story! 19 April 2013
By Rahab
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A fast moving story. Believable characters in a fantasy world. I hope there are further volumes to come in this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 14 Sep 2012
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Good read, really enjoyed it. Cross between Harry Potter and Discworld. Shame about the sentences without spaces between the words - needed better proof reader. Look forward to next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 8 July 2012
By Fynnbar
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Thoroughly enjoyed reading this imaginative book with its mix of modern and magical mystery worlds. There are some lovely characters and relationships - looking forward to the next instalment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for the football widows 12 Jun 2012
By Rene
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For all those football widows looking for a good read during the European championships look no further. Great characters, plot and many twists to an enthralling tale.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Grammatical Nightmare 6 Jun 2012
By LGo
The story itself it pretty good, if a little drawn out in the middle. But with regards to grammar, it can be pretty difficult to read at some points. I noticed a massive amount of words missing from sentences, and there are a lot of sentences which weirdly have no spaces in them. I overlooked it a couple of times, but as soon as i became aware of just how many mistakes there were, it got quite annoying and made it difficult to read
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