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The View Across Existence

01/07/2004. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Fantasy author Mark Chadbourn does a three-book deal with Victor Gollancz.

Fantasy author Mark Chadbourn has agreed terms with publishers Victor Gollancz for what they describe as "one of the most ambitious fantasies ever imagined". The three-book sequence, with the working title of THE VIEW ACROSS EXISTENCE, will begin publication in the late summer of 2006.

Here's how the publisher describes it:

'A quest of epic reach, ranging from the dawn of humanity to the modern age...spanning the globe under the mythologies of five great cultures...and finally crossing the barrier between life and death...

A love story with all Existence hanging in the balance. A high adventure of dazzling sword fights and apocalyptic wars in the days leading up to Ragnarok, the End-Times. A breath-taking surreal vision of twisting realities and altered perceptions where nothing is quite as it seems.

Archaeologist Jack Churchill wakes to find himself in the times of the Celtic tribes, with the memory of how he got there fading fast. All he knows is that the woman he loves waits for him in the 21st century, and by shifting to the timeless Otherworld of Tir n'a N'og he can while out the days and years until his era rolls round again.

But there is a malign intelligence also waiting in the present day, and it will do anything in its power to prevent Jack's return. In a universe where time and space are meaningless, its tendrils stretch back through the years...

But that isn't the only threat: a former friend, now corrupted by the darkness, was also thrown back to the Iron Age. He is Jack's dark reflection, but just as driven. And they both love the same woman...'

Victor Gollancz Editorial Director Jo Fletcher told the 'Nest: "Gollancz is thrilled to have signed up THE VIEW ACROSS EXISTENCE: this new series is gloriously ambitious, covering as it does more than 2,000 years, five mythologies and multiple dimensions. This sort of scope is all-too-rare in modern fantasy and coupled with Mark's always-meticulous research and his superb grasp of plot and characterisation, I am sure we are going to have a bestseller on our hands."

Mark Chadbourn added: "Of all the genres, fantasy is the one that should be pushing at the boundaries of imagination. THE VIEW ACROSS EXISTENCE is an immense undertaking - the research alone will take many months - but my aim was to drive myself to the limits of fantastic story-telling. I'm very pleased my publishers were so excited by the proposal they agreed to commit themselves to such an ambitious project alongside me. And should you be in any doubt, this tale will be as much of an epic quest for me as it will be for the reader. I hope I come back in one piece."


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