Hall’s Tundra Stone series blends near-future dystopia, elements of magic, and alternate worlds for a story that fully merges science fiction with fantasy... fans seeking a fresh interpretation of a dystopian future, with a touch of magic and a sense of the power of nature, this story hits the spot. (Booklife)
Alex and Billey’s chapters alternate with first-person perspectives, keeping events intimate and on parallel tracks. Many genre tropes entwine, including apocalyptic survivors developing powers and a scandal happening in the fae courts... A deep exploration of character emotions ensures careful pacing (Kirkus Review)
Friendship, danger, deception, and the power of communing with nature power the narrative... Hall strikes a believable, chillingly familiar chord with the Orange event that poisons the land, kills many people, and forces those who survive to fight for dwindling resources. (Booklife)
Eighteen-year-old Alex Chegasa, one of the first generation to be raised on post-apocalyptic Earth, was taught to embrace her magical gifts.
After the Orange, as the planet burned, magic trickled in. The bombs that had wiped out most life ripped open the barrier between worlds. Can the next generation, connected to the magic, be the solution to mankind’s problems or are they destined to repeat the mistakes of their ancestors?
Did the Orange, the very thing that ravaged the planet, also provide the solution? Or is magic more than a coincidence?
While Alex searches for somewhere to belong, in Massachusetts, she questions if survival is enough when she comes to understand that magic, used by the wrong people, could be more dangerous than the power of the generations before her.
Meanwhile, in a parallel story, we meet eight-hundred-year-old Fae, Billey NicNevin. With a past she doesn’t remember, she struggles to fit into Nuadh Caled (New Scotland) as it rebuilds itself. When she meets a woman whose soul calls to her, will she find her missing piece or tumble into insanity?
Are their destinies connected?
What if the fantastical stories from Alex’s childhood were true?
Beverley J. Hall was born in Kent, England, although her family returned to Scotland before her second birthday, which explains her accent. She grew up in North Lanarkshire, surrounded by rolling Scottish hills, with her nose in a book.
She returned to southeast England to study Art and Design at both Winchester School of Art and Central St Martins, in London. It was here she discovered her love of storytelling, as she realized that, no matter the medium, it was something her ADHD brain could thrive in.
After teaching for many years, she was diagnosed with a chronic illness and found her voice. She finally took the massive leap and returned to study an MA in Creative Writing to develop her skill. There she embraced her love of books, both reading and writing them.
She now lives and writes at the seaside with her son, her granddaughter, and her lazy cat, Bertie.