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Jade is the avatar. Snatched from her home, family and friends she is imprisoned in the remote Castle of Demons and forced to become the reluctant heroine of a computer game. Entrapped in a world of virtual reality she engages in a deadly battle with killer rats and dogs, and the even more deadly humans that she encounters in her travels through cyberspace.
      But what is real and what is imagined? Who is the mysterious Doctor Kobal: enlightened man of science or dangerous criminal? Who is the sinister warrior monk who pursues her from fantasy into reality? And what happens when you can no longer separate the two?
      In Avatar, Book 2 of the Mysteries of the Septagram, Jade explores a parallel world in a bid to find her lost family – and even more importantly, to find herself.


'A gripping, fascinating tale told by a master of his art, the prose flows easily and naturally, punctuated with flashes of dark humour, and always retaining an earthy reality, no matter how fantastic the scene.'
Teach Primary
'mysterious, adventurous and brilliant.'
Rachel, Portobello High School
'Part His Dark Materials with echoes of some of Harry Potter's darker moments, Paul Bryers takes the reader on a page turning ride that is as enthralling as it is fantastic.'
The Book Bag
'A fabulous book' [Kobal]
Lancashire Book of the Year 2009 nomination
Praise for Paul Bryers: 'As a storyteller Bryers is superb'
Time Out
'Bryers imagines a world where superstition and science intertwine until finally, in the chilling climax, they merge'
Publishers Weekly
'Bryers may well be the best of his type now operating'
Nick Hornby, Sunday Times
'Bryers treats what looks like over-familiar territory with freshness, wit and a lively appreciation of a city's dark history'
The Guardian
A gripping, fascinating tale told by a master of his art
Teach Primary
Fabulous stuff
Dorking Advertiser

Mysteries of the Septagram