The final part in Gez Walsh's stirring series of sword-and-sorcery mysteries, The Celtic Chronicles, the concluding part of the trilogy, The Keeper, finally appears in October 2003. Readers of the previous Celtic Chronicles books, which have attained a cult following, will recall how things got to the state they are in at the opening of The Keeper. A kid on a school trip decides it would be funny to pop a small ancient stone thingy that he picks up in the museum, into his mouth, to amuse his mates, and sets in train an incredible chain of events. From their ordinary classroom in the North of England, Wilf, Burp. Kirsty and Molly find themselves in a strange alternative universe peopled by ancient creatures from celtic mythology, marsh warriors and shape-shifting banshees. It has been a long journey for Wilf Sexton and his three friends Burp, Molly and Kirsty which began the moment Wilf swallowed the Orf-stone; little did he know how this was going to change his life forever.
By the opening of this book, the final volume in the Celtic Chronicles series, Wilf has become one of the most powerful beings in all known dimensions, guided by the banshee, a scary, wolf-like creature who used to wield the same powers that Wilf now has. Having been pursued by Liam, the marsh warrior who wanted him dead, Wilf fought in a battle at Tara, witnessing his marsh warrior friend Lud die in an attempt to save the four school friends, fighting on top of The Cauldron of Life itself. Wilf now faces his toughest challenge yet: that of saving all worlds, that of the banshees and that of the humans from destruction. He must conquer his most powerful enemy, one he neither knows of, nor can even see: the Keeper. Neither male nor female, outside of time, the Keeper keeps the two worlds in balance. A balance that Wilf, unwittingly, has begun to threaten more and more. Typically in this thought-provoking series, no one is as they seem and, as usual, someone wants Wilf dead. Several "someones", in fact. So follow him and his three friends to experience the emotional outcome in this concluding book of the Celtic Chronicles trilogy.
All the familiar characters are here, along with some new faces, some good, some bad - but which is which? One thing's for sure; there is mist along the edge of the marshes, and there are sword blades glinting as adversaries circle each other, literally, in this world and the next. Can Wilf save the dimensions? Will it all end in grief? - well, that would be giving away the ending.
Gez Walsh burst onto the poetry scene in 1997 armed with his first collection of children's verse, The Spot on My Bum: Horrible Poems for Horrible Children, which was rapidly to become a cult classic. Written in response to his dyslexic son's need for stimulating, approachable reading material, Gez decided to use humour as his tool to encourage interest. Quickly realising he'd hit on a successful method of providing reluctant readers with enthusiasm, Gez's world of laughter sprang into life. Soon it was not only his son enjoying hilarious performances of these poems but a much wider audience of enthusiasts at schools, festivals, book signings and charity events.