Prospero's Children by Jan Siegel

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It began ages past in fabled Atlantis, when a mad, power-hungry queen forged a key to a door never meant to be opened by mortal man--its inception would hasten her own death and the extinction of her vainglorious race. For millennia the key lay forgotten beneath the waves, lost amid the ruins of what had been the most beautiful city on Earth. But however jealously the sea hoards its secrets, sooner or later it yields them up. Now, in present-day Yorkshire, that time has come. And for young Fernanda Capel, life will never be the same again . . .

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About Jan Siegel

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Jan Siegel has already lived through one lifetime – during which she travelled the world and supported herself through a variety of professions, including those of actress, barmaid, garage hand, laboratory assistant, journalist and model. Her new life is devoted to her writing, but she also finds time to ride, ski and attend the opera.
Published December 18, 2007 by Del Rey. 354 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Then one night Fern steals downstairs to find Alison conspiring with the idol to learn the whereabouts of the key.

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When a scheming opportunist misuses the key and accidentally ruptures the barrier separating past and present, feisty Fern, whose maturation draws her own latent magic powers forth, must retrieve it from the antediluvian past it has disappeared into--just as the island is starting to crumble.

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Three quarters of the way through the novel the resolution seems to occur, there is the calm before the storm, then the novel morphs into another book.

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Fern is a no-nonsense kind of girl, who acts as her befuddled father’s aid and her young brother Will’s mother-figure and certainly has no time for games or imaginings.

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