Discover a secret world of Shakespearean legacy and dangerous revelation.
Before his death in 1609, the brilliant Elizabethan spy and astrologer John Dee hid his most astonishing secrets, trusting his descendants would one day bring them to light. That time has come.
In 2003, Will Stafford inherits a strange legacy from his mother: a key and an ancient script with an enigmatic note. Intrigued, he travels Europe seeking answers to Dee s riddles, unaware that someone is following every move. Back in London, Lucy King becomes entangled in Will s cryptic labyrinth. As its mysterious twists take her from France to New York, and from literature to myth, in search of its hidden treasure, she has never been closer to the truth, nor in graver danger.
A gripping and adventurous tale...bewitching - Woman
Hardie's debut is richly woven, drawing on sources ranging from Elizabethan mysticism to computer games - Publishers Weekly
Hardie's details are well researched and encyclopedic and her puzzles, number gimmicks, and conjectures about Europe's cathedrals and labyrinths entrancing - Library Journal
Pacy action...a real page-turner - Bath Chronicle
Packed with well-researched references this literary labyrinth never fails to surprise and entertain...a fascinating debut - North West Evening Mail
A fascinating fictional debut - Irish Examiner
A compelling page-turner - Bolton Evening News
Part thriller, part historical novel and part treasure hunt, this is a compelling page-turner - Glasgow Evening Times
Born and educated in Sydney, Australia, Titania Hardie is the highly successful author of a range of distinctive non-fiction books and the children's series THE FRANGIPANI FAIRIES. Best known for her television appearances on This Morning with Richard & Judy and The Paul O'Grady Show, Titania is a serious student of esoterica. She has first class honours degrees in psychology and English, and was awarded the Chatterton bursary for post-graduate study at Bristol University, where she is currently completing her MA on the Romantic Poets. Titania lives in Somerset with her husband and two daughters.