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Familiar/fÓ™â€™miljÓ™/ noun 1. Creatures that walk side by side with magical beings.
When Sam arrives on the magical island, Invisus, he recalls nothing about his past. Given refuge at Pharos Lighthouse, pieces of a seventeen-year-old puzzle quickly fall back into place. With messages from his future and dreams with terrifying portents of death: Sam and a motley group of misfits has just twelve hours to find out who he is, why heâ€™s returned to Invisus and what family secret awaits him.
The Familiar's Tale is the first part of the Invisus series. A book for young adults or adults young at heart.
"Ramsk Shire Council Helpdesk,â€ answered the rich and very thick Indian accent. "This is Frank speaking.â€
Eric frowned. "Frank?â€
"Hello, yes, this is Frank, how may I be of assistance to you tonight?â€
"You donâ€™t sound like a Frank, is that your real name?â€ Eric asked curiously.
There was a brief pause. "Yes, indeed, could I please have your employee number?â€
"This is Mayor de Vries, I need access to a--â€
"Apologies, sir, but for security reasons I do require your employee number before we proceed.â€
"I donâ€™t have my ID card with me. Wouldnâ€™t it be one or something if Iâ€™m the Mayor?â€
"Employees are listed in chronological order of their commencement date in council. Iâ€™m sorry, sir, I need to verify this before I can assist you tonight.â€
Eric clicked his fingers at Bertie then pointed upwards towards the kitchen. "ID card from the table.â€
Bertie dragged his feet upstairs. "Click your fingers at me...â€ he grumbled.
Moments later, Eric had his card. "five-eight-six-zero-two.â€
"Thank you, sir, and your verbal confirmation code?â€
"N-c-c-one-seven-zero-one-capital D.â€ Eric winked at Bertie, cupping the mouthpiece of the phone. "Registration of the Starship Enterprise, next gen naturally!â€
Bertie stared back at him blankly. "Naturally.â€
"Yes, Mayor de Vries, thatâ€™s fine, how can I help you tonight?â€
"Iâ€™m trying to access a webpage, but the content filtering is denying me access.â€
"Yes, sir, I can see that, looks like youâ€™re trying to access a restricted site, it says here inappropriate content and pornogr--â€
"Yes, I know what your filter says, but Iâ€™m conducting some research and I need you to allow me access.â€
"I see, sir, you realise I have to make a record of this?â€
"And you are accessing this website for work purposes at four a.m. sir?â€
Eric, feeling his ear getting warmer, swapped the phone to the other side of his head. "Look, mate, just open the bloody page and stop with the--â€
"Procedure dictates that an I.T. request is to be logged before I can open the page, sir, itâ€™s for our statistics.â€
Eric glared into the phone. "Whatâ€™s the point of having a help desk phone number when all you want me to do is log an I.T. request remotely? Donâ€™t you have fingers?â€
"Arenâ€™t you able to type a request?â€
"Iâ€™m sorry, sir, but the standard operating guidelines require the user to log the request.â€
"Open the page, Frank!â€ Eric yelled.
"This is highly irregular...â€ Frank protested.
"Frank, Frank, stop talking,â€ Eric interrupted. "I am the Mayor and therefore your boss. Talk to me on Monday, if you still have a job. Oh, and just so you know what it feels like, Iâ€™ll have that in writing, thanks.â€
"You donâ€™t have the authority--â€ gasped the technician indignantly.
"Actually, Iâ€™m not sure if I do or not, but Iâ€™m going to count to three and I guess weâ€™ll both find out on Monday.â€
"But you need to log a request, this is not negotiable, sir.â€
"One,â€ Eric spoke softly.
"Beg your pardon, sir, but I am not permitted to do this.â€
"I will not be intimidated,â€ the pitch of Frankâ€™s voice rose and his words sped up. He was trying to beat the countdown. "This is harassment. I will not be treated like this, new workplace reforms...â€
"Three... right, fine.â€
The screen before Eric and Bertie burst into life... the text appeared headed by a title. â€˜The secrets of Malcontender and Indiceâ€™.
"Thank you, Frank.â€ As Eric was about to hang up the phone, the computer suddenly started emitting a series of urgent bleeps and the screen started to flicker.
"What have you done?â€ Frankâ€™s voice yelled back down the phone at him.
Eric noticed the router lights starting to flash like crazy. "Whatâ€™s the matter?â€
"Youâ€™ve just bypassed the security systems and let a Thunderhead in.â€
"In English, Frank.â€
Andrew was born on the 24th March 1975 in Solihull, Birmingham, England, and after emigrating to Australia in 1988 he is now living in Cleveland, in the Redland Shire, a bayside community south of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. He was 32 at the time his first book was published.
Andrew has a dog called Eddie who insists on gnawing himself whenever there is a quiet moment in the house, the gnawing is usually undergone with such intensity that Eddie makes himself gag, this is a long drawn out process of dry retching and straining eyes, Eddieâ€™s other hobbies include scratching for hours at the back door until someone lets him in, watching people on the toilet and dragging his bum across the carpetâ€¦
Andrew also owns Newman, a tabby cat, and is just like his namesake in the book (minus the talking). Bertie, another family cat, is also like his character but has since been relocated to Andrewâ€™s â€˜in-lawsâ€™ due to a long standing feud with Eddie over a Teddy Bear throwing incident.
Bertie, Eddie didnâ€™t throw the bear at you!
The Familiarâ€™s Tale is a hearty and humorous piece of fantasy that will tickle most peopleâ€™s reading funny bone. But wait. What is a familiar? Without giving too much away, a familiar is an animal put into service to guard and care for a particular human being. Familiars can also talk. Some of the familiars in Andrewâ€™s first book are rude, cheeky and violent, as well as being obviously lovable. This idea is one that makes The Familiarâ€™s Tale in many ways, but there is a lot more to the narrative than this idea alone. Concepts of human hubris, tabula rasa and various mythologies surface in unexpected ways in this book which will delight readers.
I am more than excited for Andrew about his being published. He certainly deserves it. And so do his potential readers. --Anna Kassulke, The Word Story
When I began reading Andrew Warrilowâ€™s mysticalâ€¦ THE FAMILIARâ€™S TALE, I thought surely it was a childrenâ€™s book, which is every bit as fancifully psychedelic as Alice In Wonderland. That is, until I got to the bar scene where the talking Geckos are battling the Cane Toads in a war of good and evil in the islandâ€™s underworld. Then, I wondered if this writer were old enough to have been in on the Height Ashberry era in San Francisco. If you like your stories just a bit off the wall, and warping reality, youâ€™re going to love this book. It is definitely different. --JoEllen Conger, Congerâ€™s Reviews
THE FAMILIARâ€™S TALE is a fantasy to the extreme, where anything you might imagine happens. The invisible magical Invisus Island is the place where the amnesiac hero, Sam, grapples with ghost voices, talking animals, and crazy goings on as he struggles to remember just who he is. The Pharos Lighthouse keeper, Mayor Eric de Vries, and his 17-year-old daughter, Jessica, along with their various pets, help Sam to untangle his missing memories. They involve him in an ever unfolding battle between the Malcontenders and the Indice. The important thing he canâ€™t remember is his heritage to the opposing mystical powers which are the foundation for all the islandâ€™s struggles between good and evil. But bit by bit he discovers he really is an important piece of the puzzle.
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 346
Paper Weight (lb): 14.6
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