A Tale of Phoenix

ISBN: 9781805142478
Format: P
Publisher: Matador Publishing
Origin: United Kingdom
Release Date: March, 2024

Book Details

Phoenix, though entirely blameless, carries the guilt of his twin sister’s death at birth and feels as though he is cursed. Events seem to confirm this when a family death occurs on each of his leap-year birthdays.

On his twelfth birthday, Phoenix’s bad luck accumulates in a near death experience, when he is caught in a fire. Whilst lying in a coma in this life, in another world – on an island called Lila – his story unfolds. Here, he meets Maya, his twin sister, who becomes his guide across the island. The whole island however seems to be under a curse and Phoenix finds himself in difficult situations; he escapes a heart-hunting beast, rescues a little boy called Karun from his death and tries to bring him to safety.

During his journey Phoenix finds a storybook about Lila, where a mermaid called Marina seems to want to help him. Soon, the two worlds intersect and Marina guides Phoenix deeper into the heart of the island, where he must save Karun and awaken himself from his coma and try to return to the real world alive.


Review: “This story took my hand and led me on spiral path filled with magic, colourful places and characters that I felt I somehow knew. Sandra has managed to create a beautiful story that young people will love but equally thralls the imagination of those of us who are young at heart. I could taste the salt, feel the sun on my skin and I walked every step with Phoenix like I was with him on his incredible journey. A book that truly enchants.” — Diann Fletcher Jones



Author Biography: 

Sandra Hayes was originally born in the south of Germany, emigrated to Ireland in the nineties and is now back in Bavaria, where she lives in the beautiful town of Murnau as a Yoga- and Movement teacher. She enjoys all creative endeavours, particularly dance and writing and has a passion for Vedic literature.

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