Sent on a mission deep into the forests of pagan Anglo-Saxon England, Wat Brand, a Christian scribe, suddenly finds his vision of the world turned upside down. The familiar english countryside is not what it seems: threatening spirits, birds of omen and plants of power lurk in this landscape of fallen terrors and mysterious forces. With Wulf, a sorcerer and mystic, as his guide, Brand is instructed in the magical lore of plants, runes, fate and the life force until he journeys to the spirit world on a quest to encounter the true nature of his own soul.
Brian Bates is a professor at the University of Brighton. He is the author of The Real Middle Earth, and co-author of two books with John Cleese. Brian lives in the UK.