Title: IN SEARCH OF REDEMPTION
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Word Count: 105,000
Set in twentieth century England, 14-year old Colin Coghill's father is killed in a battle between the Frytons of North Yorkshire and Ilsor the Red Dragon, Aeglaeca and their armies. Ilsor takes North Yorkshire and makes it disappear from the rest of England while Colin is swept away to Oxford where he is kept safe under the watchful eye of his mother Elemi as well as several other Frytons who managed to escape with them.
Several years later, 17-year old Colin Coghill, is in Oxford at Magdalene College,surrounding himself with members of the Notions Club, several scholars from the colleges who are building rich traditions in writing and magic, while finishing every pint that is put in front of them. Once the darkness finds Colin and crawls out onto the streets of Oxford searching for him, Coghill finally has to accept his role in the war against Ilsor and the Red Dragons.
Coghill leaves Oxford and reunites with his best friend Seamus in an effort to find an entrance into North Yorkshire. They undertake a series of adventures that allow them to find great treasure, face massive creatures and discover trustworthy allies in an effort to revenge Rogan’s death and put an end to Ilsor’s reign.
During the final battle, Coghill is killed and in his grief Seamus wields Dragonfyre, killing Aeglaeca. Dragonfyre is a flame that burns so hot it can undo the past actions of whoever it touches and the moment Aeglaeca dies, Coghill, his father and the hundreds of others Aeglaeca has killed come back to life for the final battle with Ilsor and the Reds.
After many years of teaching, Colin Coghill had finally reached that point where he had enough of the consistency, reliability and uniformity that accompanies such a secure setting and so many learned people all within their same, small clearly outlined edge of the world.
The life he had yearned for so long ago had truly served its purpose, allowing him to slow down his life, refresh his outlook and find a renewed fire for the road and what might be just around that next corner. But the moment the Darkness managed to come crawling out of its world and hunt for him on the streets of Oxford and the memories of his past adventures with Seamus came flooding back to him, he knew it was time to go.
Once he finally committed to the decision Coghill knew he needed to see Owen to seek both his council and his approval so he set out across campus to find him. He passed the Great Tower at Magdalen College, quickly crossed St. John’s Quadrangle and entered the first entranceway to the Cloisters and made his way up the flight of stone steps, which led to Owen’s private office. The sound of the soles of his shoes squeaking on the stone tile floors could be heard resonating throughout the atrium, his pace quickening with each step