This, book two in the Denthan series, tests family-ties and friendships to the limit in a new and epic setting where the odds are stacked heavily against James and his wizard-goldfish, Mendel. One year on from their extraordinary adventure in Denthan, the zany villagers of Drumfintley are, yet again, all that stand between a peaceful world and certain disaster. When a whole new array of monsters and dark magic begins to emerge from the murky waters of Loch Echty all hell breaks loose. Beneath the Scottish loch, Mendel and James discover the submerged village of Fintley, a huge obelisk and a new crystal key. It is soon clear that they face a greater threat than ever before. In this, the second epic struggle to keep the Peck family together, some souls may be lost for good... Will James, Craig and Bero still be able to save us all? Will Mendel, the wizard-goldfish, continue to outwit his oldest and greatest adversary? Will the second gateway take the villagers of Drumfintley on a one-way trip to catastrophe?
BORN IN HELENSBURGHÂ and educated at Glasgow University, Sam studied Zoology, working his way through his uni-years by playing in various rock bands in the UK, America and Holland. He began writing songs in the late 70s, poetry in the early 90s and eventually his first novel - 'The Magic Scales' in 2008, part one of the Denthan Trilogy. Sam is currently writing a new children's novel and is also working on a series of picture books aimed at 3-6 year-olds.
He still continues to perform his workshops and presentations in schools, libraries and at book festivals. (See www.sam-wilding.com) Sam works closely with the charity Asthma UK to raise awareness of the condition through his work with children.
THE SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT: May 27th 2010: 'The Scottish Parliament congratulates Scottish author Sam Wilding on the publication of the third book in his Denthan series, Return to Denthan and notes his excellent work with children and young people across Scotland in delivering creative writing workshops and in supporting Asthma UK Scotland's Alert to Asthma scheme, which helps schools ensure pupils with asthma live a healthy and active life.' (S3M-6414 )