The day young Gabble peers inside the hollow of the Hag Tree his life is changed forever ¬- for the stories are true, the legends hold fact, something unnatural does lurk in that rotten chasm, something ancient, something hungry… something evil. She has a name, Jezawrath, and after centuries of imprisonment she is eager to be free.
Infected by the Jezawrath’s insidious whisperings, Gabble seeks help from Mardy Bo, the wise old woodsman, but there is little comfort in the knowledge he gains from Bo, revelations of other worlds and arcane energies, of ancient wars and fallen kingdoms. The peaceful life Gabble has known is over; as the Jezawrath’s strength grows, he must leave his family and friends and embark upon a journey to try and stop her from breaking free; a journey that leads him through the wilds of his own world, where he learns of its dark and forgotten past, and on into the Second Thread, a reality broken by civil war, where the tribes of the Loamkin fight to protect their homelands against the warmongering Shadelings.
It is here Gabble encounters Tabba, a Loamkin forager who bears her own guarded secret. Thrown together by chance, the unlikely pair soon discover they share a common goal, but the clock is ticking: the Shadelings have learned of the Jezawrath’s awakening and they plan to summon her into the Second Thread and use her power to destroy the Loamkin once and for all. As the darkness gathers, Gabble and Tabba find they have a pivotal role to play in the fate of two realities; however, if they are to thwart the Shadelings’ plan and destroy the terrifying Jezawrath they must first learn to trust each other and believe in their own abilities.
Avatar meets the Edge Chronicles with a twist of steampunk and shades of the Bartemus Sequence, the Hag Tree is a novel for Young Adults loaded with beauty, darkness and adventure.