Ashford Manor is a centuries old estate having passed from father to son over a period of 600 years. Upon Lord Oliver Randolph Ashford’s passing the property came into the possession of his eldest daughter, Beatrix Ashford-Scone, currently great aunt to one Jemiyah Jones.
The formidable home offers secret passage ways and rooms, stairs leading to nowhere in particular, long hallways lined with framed paintings of previous and current owners, each with eyes that seem to follow unwanted or, in many cases, unseen guests.
Ashford Manor is surrounded by lush, verdant gardens – and beyond that a thicket of deep, impenetrable forest. Warnings have persisted throughout the years to stay within the boundaries of the estate to avoid, at all cost, being lured into its depths.
It is said the forest claims those who dare to enter her foreboding bosom where thicket becomes so dense it virtually blocks out any hint of sunshine and light.
On earlier visits Jemiyah Jones, 14, would sit and watch little hedge hogs and foxes at play. She has heard the warnings but always imagines what lies beyond – conjuring all things unimaginable. She noticed over the years how her mother Nigella would stand in the garden staring at the perimeter that separated the forest from the estate grounds – as if in a trance.
Nigella inevitably shudders, as if cold, and pulls her sweater tightly around her shoulders, dark eyes turning away from whatever lurks beyond. What was it her mother sensed Jemiyah would wonder? What unseen power held such sway held over her? What calamity would eventually befall her thus robbing Jemiyah of her beloved mother.
Jemiyah will soon learn that tranquility exists even in the most deceptive of places.
Follow Jemiyah and friends Toby, Oliver and Sarah back through the ages where demons and dragons are not only alive, they thrive – from 624 BC Sepharad through the deserts of ancient and present day Yemen. Follow long dead Roman soldiers who arise to once again fight for the Land of Nir and back to the bedroom of one Miss Jemiyah Jones of 322 Queens Gate, London.
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