It is 1900, and Sarah Trevelyan, a pupil-teacher, is desperate to reclaim her family home, Darkwater Hall. Lost by her grandfather in a gambling wager, its present owner, John Azrael, is a mysterious man who draws her into a bizarre bargain ... the fulfilment of her dreams ... if she will only give up her soul.
In 2000, Darkwater Hall is a private school for boys. Tom Hughes longs for the education found within its walls, but instead goes to the local school and has trouble with unpleasant bullies. His twin brother, Simon, who died at birth, is his constant companion, unseen or heard by anyone else. When Tom meets the strange girl Sarah, and a new teacher, Azrael, he finds himself embroiled in their deadly deal ...
CATHERINE FISHER is an award-winning fantasy writer. The Conjuror's Game was shortlisted for the Smarties Award, The Snow-Walker's Son for the W.H.Smith Mind Boggling Award, The Candle Man won the Tir-Na-n'Og Award. A TV deal for Fintan's Tower is under negotiation, and there is strong BBC Wales TV interest in her Snow-Walker trilogy. She currently holds an Arts Council Writers' Bursary. Author of 11 books for children and two volumes of award-winning poetry, she is particularly well-known in Wales. Darkwater Hall is her second book for Hodder.