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Tintagel Castle, the ancient ruin, Cornwall.
I really love ancient history and writing adventure stories... and being a bit of an old adventurer and explorer myself, my books are very down to earth, true to life, exciting and realistic. That means no wizards or magic spells and definitely no morphing werewolves or killing teens. Just good, believable, exciting, realistic stories with a backdrop of ancient history, archaeology and characters that we can relate to and get to know well. Each book is set in a different part of the world, and we experience with the four young teens in the books, the workings of a dig and the fascinating artifacts that are unearthed. But don't let that fool you.. these are exciting adventures, and there's more to them than seeing what amazing things are excavated... in fact, that's only the tip of the iceberg.
In The Obsidian Mask, four young teens, Natasha and Alex, siblings from the heart of London, and Lorenzo and Gabriella, from a valley near Piacenza, just south of Milan, first meet while visiting their archaeologist parents on their dig in the hot, Middle Eastern desert.
Natasha and Alex have just flown from London for the holidays to join their mother, Julia, who is working on the recently discovered tomb of an ancient Mesopotamian warrior Queen. They have unearthed, along with skeletons and amazing artifacts, her incredible death mask, carved out of a solid piece of jet black obsidian. Pretty interesting stuff in itself, you might think, as we learn with Natasha and Alex little about the Queen, the workings of the dig and why the Queen's thriving city disappeared beneath the sands thousands of years ago. But while Natasha and Alex are there, they meet two Italian teens, Gabriella and Lorenzo, also brother and sister, who's father happens to be Marcello, the flamboyant, larger-than-life director of the dig.
Natasha really doesn't like Lorenzo an Gabriella too much, for reasons you will soon find out (there is an underlying storyline that runs through the books), but the four are suddenly thrown together under quite unexpected and frightening circumstances... Now their first exciting holiday really begins, and the four embark on a thrilling adventure that will tie them together, in more ways than one...