Synopses & Reviews
FETCH: The apparition, double, or wraith of a living person.
In the attic, in an old sea chest, secreted away, are a mysterious journal and a set of runes: 24 stones that will change Sky's life forever.
When Sky and his cousin Kristin find their Norwegian grandfather's runes, Sky feels like the wait is over, like he can now release the breath he wasn't even aware he'd been holding. But when he lays out the stones in a runecast they find in Sigurd's journal, he is catapulted into a world filled with more possibilities and more danger than he ever imagined.
This first entry in the Runestone Saga is an utterly unique blend of horror, supernatural possibility, and historical truth that will leave readers wrung out from tension and clamoring for more.
"Humphreys melds real and unreal elements to powerful effect in this chilling first volume in the Runestone Saga. Fifteen-year-old Sky is seeing things: a spectral figure on his lawn, a talking fox, a mink wrap that comes to life to address him. Of course, this could be nothing more than hallucinations from his lifetime of sleepwalking, or it could have something to do with the large chest in the attic that belonged to his late Norwegian grandfather, inside of which he finds a secret bag filled with runestones. Grandfather Sigurd, it turns out, was a psychic, able to send his 'fetch,' or phantom body-double, ahead of himself. An experiment with a Ouija board whisks Sky to the place where Sigurd is still very much alive; he tells Sky he must 'experience the meaning' of each runestone in order to learn his destiny. Sky embarks on a lengthy journey as Bjorn, set 1,000 years in the past, but his time-traveling comes at a hefty price: he returns to find he has no reflection, and a beheaded berserker from that trip to the past now stalks him in the present. In an interesting twist, Sigurd emerges as a figure unworthy of Sky's trust. The sleepwalking element (Humphreys himself is a sleepwalker) effectively filters everything through the eyes of a protagonist who can never fully trust what his senses tell him. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Humphreys is more interested in telling the rune lore than in developing characters or advancing the story, but bloody history and a dark, violent present keep the pages turning." Booklist
"The cousins slog through overwritten prose (though some historical Viking scenes are brought beautifully to life with language reminiscent of Anglo-Saxon alliterative rhythms)....[A] compelling adventure that asks hard questions of its characters." Kirkus Reviews
"Canadian Chris Humphrey's family background and acting experience led him to create this compelling story of Vikings and life-death magic. The riveting tale is the first book in a projected series." KLIATT
When Sky and his cousin Kristin find their Norwegian grandfather's runes, they are catapulted into a world filled with more possibilities and more danger than they ever imagined.
About the Author
Chris Humphreys is an actor-turned-novelist, a former fencing champion and fight choreographer who pours his love for history and bladed weaponry into his swashbuckling novels. He is also a rune reader and has a tattoo of Uruz, the run of change and transformation, on his shoulder. He was born in Canada, grew up in Los Angeles and London, and currently lives in Vancouver with his wife and young son.