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Out of Time 2 Raven's HoardOut of Time 2 Raven's Hoard

Gill Jepson

  • Children's
  • Horror/Fantasy/SF

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Why I wrote this book

It is the second in the Out of Time series-set in the Furness area of Cumbria, a hidden gem at the edge of the Lake District. Using real places, people and events against a historical backdrop, the story is a quest to find a sacred sword lost in the mists of time. It is a parallel book to Out of Time: the Secret of the Swan which has a growing following of fans. The traditional fantasy adventure has twists and turns in abundance and the characters mysteriously slip in and out of each others times, encountering all kinds of experiences. The story will appeal to young and old alike-particularly those who enjoy a historical romp through time.


Nate is a young archaeologist who finds himself embroiled in an exciting and, at times, terrifying adventure involving smugglers, Vikings and treasure hunters. He comes face to face with a real 18th century revenue man and his betrothed, Dolly. They become entangled in a race to find a sacred sword and are beset by all kinds of difficulties - not least of all being catapulted between different times. They witness great events, including a horrifying Viking battle, strange discoveries in a graveyard and the mysterious appearance of John Stell, a scribe from Furness Abbey. These adventures take young readers on a rollercoaster ride through time as they pit their strength and skills against their enemies both in the distant past and Nate's present. Furness Abbey is again revealed as a hub of spiritual energy and mystery, holding its secrets close. Nate experiences the loss of two important people in his life, but learns that the end is not always final. He is amazed when he meets them again, in different guises and situations. He soon learns that his adventure is closely connected with events in both his brother and his sister's lives and the story ends with a cliffhanger and the tantalising prospect of further adventures to come...


J kirkham via Amazon

This is an absolute MUST HAVE! A well written and fantastic book, that will interest a wide range of ages, keeping everyone interested and engaged. Gill is a brilliant author, who paints a vivid picture and I certainly look forward to the next instalment of Out of Time!

About the Author

Gill Jepson Gill Jepson works as a teacher and children’s author. She is passionate about learning and loves her role as an educator. She was born and lives in Barrow-in Furness, near the Lake District, moving back after spending twelve years in London. She is married and she has three grown up children and one young grandson.

She has always written for her own pleasure and is an avid reader of historical and fantasy fiction. Her abiding passion is history; especially local and family history. She has previously had articles published and wrote a history of the school where she taught. Out of Time :The Secret of the Swan was her debut children’s fantasy novel and is the first of four stories set in the Furness area. Raven’s Hoard is the second in the series, following a parallel tale, set at the same point in time as the first. Her young children’s story book “Guy the Grumpy Gargoyle”is due out on 1st August 2012.

Gill Jepson is a member of the National Association of Writers in Education. Gill is a teacher with many years experience. She is committed to encouraging children's reading and writing and is able to use her skills to provide workshops and book events for schools.

Gill has been inspired by a variety of authors, including Alan Garner, C.J. Sansom and Barbara Erskine.

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168 pages


Gill Jepson


Matador an imprint of Troubador Publishing

Publication date

1st November 2012

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