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Question: What is Looking Glass?
In the Summer of 2016, Marcus Kasabian De Storm – aka Casanova Da Vinci – was approached by his two daughters (then 11 years of age), Chantal and Jade with a simple question: Can you write a Children’s Book?
As Marcus had written through the many genre’s: Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Erotica, Horror, Thriller and Political land-linings of impetual History, it left only one genre to complete the circle. And so, he sat down and wrote “Looking Glass”, the book that would begin a series (chronicles) and follow 12 year-old Jack Dawson through a life journey of wonderment and amazement. Now…
Imagine – for a moment – that there are two sides to each of our lives, one that many consider “Normal“, while the other, a much deeper filled world of fantastical adventure. Of course, this fantastical world isn’t known to everyone, it is not for everyone, and it cannot accept everyone – but there are those who are so special in that otherwise “Normal” life that are faced with a ‘Turning Point’ that gives them only two options: Turn away and live with regret, or accept and embark on a once in a lifetime true journey that will change their lives – forever.
For one such young boy, Jack Dawson, the question was never a case of whether or not to ‘Accept’, but to know ‘When‘ this opportunity would be given to him?
Occasionally waking from his sleep at his Aunt Milly’s home to the presence of strangers, children older than Jack himself, but children all the same, who through the several years of Jack’s stay didn’t age a day from their first encounter in the least.
When at last the time comes for Jack to enter the fold, it is with the introduction of Jaspro Sprig and Norsh Light, that sets the pace of a unique and inspiring story which will take each and every reader on a journey beyond the veil of their wildest dreams and imagination.
The Children Of Fairydown
Inset of the stories beginning, it is with Jack’s growing up with his Aunt in Fairydown, that his Mother’s story comes to be short. Having lost his Father at a young age, Jack becomes lost, as does his Mother, while falling into a depressive and reclusive state, where her sons only hope of a future is with her Sister, Milly, in the small – sometimes enchanting – town of Fairydown, Resheen.
The occasional fleeting glimpses of Jaspro and Norsh are not discussed with anyone, though Jack’s Cousin, Emily too, is going through some rather strange experiences herself. So the only one person to trust is her, as Jack is the one that she turns to with rather odd stories.
The Children Of Spyglass
Unlike Fairydown, which is considered by some to be “Normal” in respect of those living around Jack’s world, it is Jaspro and Norsh who have a home that even to Jack, is as fantastical as his Dreamscape roaming’s of the Juniper Fields.
For newcomers such as Jack, it is called Spyglass Valley, the several mile walkway leading to the Majestic ‘Spyglass City’. But to The Shadow Runners, the young children of this large, vibrant and sometimes strange land, it is known as home.
The Shadow Runners protect the city, the valley, even parts of Jack’s home too, while against them are older, more ruthless Jetstreamer’s who threaten the peace.
Mage’s & Witches Of Albion
As there are children in Spyglass, so too are there adults known as Elder’s – who are of the ancient Albion Conclave – who go through Charadelle – Mage of Light; a mystical Witch who keeps her past from everyone, while hinting a future that only those of The Shadow-Runners can save from a predicted catastrophic prophecy.
By the side of Charadelle is Cadabra, a young girl Mage that has no secret’s from anyone in Spyglass, except for Jack, of course. Together, Charadelle and Cadabra hold together the land from the watchful eye of The Jetstream’s ‘Looking Glass’.
Between those of The Shadow Runners and Mage’s of Spyglass, their rules and laws are unfamiliar to those of Jack’s world – The Inner World – where not all children are chosen to ride The Jetstream’s of “The Looking Glass“, not without passing Spyglass’s Initiation first! And even then, it is not up to the Mage’s or Runners’ who choose to invite the children, it is up to “The Starlight“.
With the recited words of old, only by way of “Passage” do those who become successful pass the test of ‘Flight‘, while those who fail, become nothing more, nothing less than the ‘Messengers’ of the cold stream. Once the initiation begins, it cannot be stopped, not by anyone.
Promise, Oath and Loyalty
“I promise fine, I promise true. The things I will see and the things I will do, will stay forever a secret between both me and you.”
The Promise: To keep from those of The Inner World the knowledge of “The Shadow Runners” existence.
The Oath: To swear service to those of Spyglass and the lands that bind them all together in peace.
Loyalty: To give absolute respect to The Overseers of the lands and regions within Spyglass.
With this Promise, Oath and Loyalty given freely, the binding of The Shadow Runner is drawn to an irreversible condition that is referred to “Link-Streaming”, a Life-Lock that can never be broken.
Facts About The Author And Book
The stigma that surrounded “Looking Glass” was of Marcus Kasabian De Storm’s choice in pseudonym as Casanova Da Vinci, a name representing a ‘Reinvention’ of the writer’s style and flavor, one which has seen 15 further books being presented to the Reading World on Amazon and Barnes & Noble book shelves all over the globe. For “Looking Glass”, the previous announcement of MKDS’s “Fairydown” had been cut short, while on the whole a series of other Children’s Books/Novels categorized as “Children’s Tales” were placed on hold by other Projects that the Writer had been working on.
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As simple as “Looking Glass” was, the true facts of it’s creation was delayed too. Of course, it was many who claimed it to be that of the same caliber as ‘Alice In Wonderland‘ (the connection being “Through The Looking Glass“), which was, and is absolutely incorrect. as Looking Glass is as unique as the contents and story line’s that accompany the series of books, as well as the idea itself.
Where Did Looking Glass Come From?
From Marcus Kasabian De Storm’s own words came the answer that everyone wanted to know, whether they were expecting it or not, he set about putting the story straight on the whole mystery surrounding Jack Dawson and The Shadow Runners:
“As a young boy growing up around the (then) largest housing estate in Europe – Seacroft – I found nothing more fantastic than the ways in which people lived. Many of whom were predictable, while others were more free-styled in their behavior and manner, so from these I would often ask myself what would they be like in a story of Fantasy or a Mystical journey? As a young person with a healthy imagination, and known to everyone as a Storyteller, writer and potential Author in an unsure world as the late 70’s and 80’s, it was the wind down of this that brought to me a lot of strange dreams! These dreams were considered ‘Vents’, for all of the processed information of the days, which of course I wrote down and used as future notes. Though ‘Looking Glass’ was not given a title during that time, it was those of the character’s that dwelled on the cusp of a Great Adventure Tale.”
So, from a sequence of dreams, where young children came visiting from far away places unbeknown to the sleeping MKDS, it was these character’s who made up the cast: Jaspro, Norsh, Cadabra and Jack Dawson. Of course, though he had the Character’s, there was still the Title, and to have this, Marcus would need to wait a further 15 years to come up with a unique label that would bore into the minds of young (and old) children.
Today, it is “Looking Glass” that brings “The Shadow Runners” from a land known as ‘Spyglass City‘, who travel ‘The Jetstream‘ by means of mirrors, shadows, reflections – anything that casts their features will grant them access to an unusual ancient machine which has been around for 10 millennia (maybe even longer).
If you are ready for an Adventure that will take you beyond the boundaries of any dream, or across the threshold of your imagination, then “Looking Glass” may just be the perfect Read for those who love Fantasy, Danger and breath-taking Dreamscapes.
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Looking Glass: Characters
Allow me to introduce you all to the Cast of “Looking Glass”.
Throughout the Series, new Characters will be introduced as they enter the Epic Journey of Jack Dawson and The Shadow Runners. As Readers follow the stories (books), many of the Characters will become well known, liked, loved and also loathed!
Here is the Cast of Characters who appear in the very first book: Looking Glass :-
Jack Dawson – The Boy from The Inner World.
Jaspro Sprig – Shadow Runner
Norsh Light – Shadow Runner
Cadabra – Mage
Aunt Milly Dawson – Jack’s Aunt
Charadelle – Albion Witch (Witch of The Grey Wood)
Salbrinia – Albion Witch (Sensteris)
Marlow Watts – Dark Light’s Leader
Loris Twinkle – Shadow Runner
Calpit & Quendor – Group of Shadow Runners
Spiran – Cadabra’s Father
Peron – A Froogon
Ruber – A Dinosaur-like Beastic.
Aunt Margaret – Aunt Milly’s Sister (Marsham)
Margrellin – Albion Witch – Dark Light Sorceress
Pertrius – Creator of The Looking Glass
The Old Man On The North Face – Talon – An Older Jack Dawson, appointed Guardian of Hellencia, and Gate Keeper of Orega: The Black Mountain Temple.
William – Glimf Captain
Mon’Razi – The Sheekan Hal Colony Leader.
Miansun – A cursed Resheenian of the old land. Translation: Brother of the Sun.
Ra’Patoose – A God cast down to Resheen, defeated by Miansun with The Scepter of Storms, allowing him to enter The Jetstream.
NOTE: More characters will be introduced in the forthcoming second book – Looking Glass: The Mirror Shard Sphere (2017).
Looking Glass: Creatic’s
During the Reading of “Looking Glass”, you will come along strangely named animals – known throughout ‘Resheen’ as Creatic’s: Creatures that are unique to the story lines of a world encompassed by Fantasy and Reality both.
As “Looking Glass” progresses through it’s series, more “Creatic’s” will be added, as with all stories presented by Marcus K. De Storm (aka Casanova Da Vinci) as well as MKDS. Here are just a few that feature in this great Epic Fantasy Adventure, as well as their brief descriptions to help those Readers picking up the books.
Froogon – Frog
Toasad – Toad
Mudrac – Winged Mine Dwellers – Dragon-like that are vicious and sometimes deadly. They originate from Hellencia.
Rudikin – Rabbit
Karondemoose – Stag/Deer
Sherack – Sheep (North Province)
Rexana – Wolves (North Province)
Sheekan – Vicious large Beastic animals.
Baridge Dove – Bird
Resheekan – Half-Blood (of The Banu’K Clan) Sheekanite Mendolos. Half Resheenian, half Sheekan
Looking Glass: Locations
Throughout the “Looking Glass” series, there are many Locations where both Jack Dawson and The Shadow Runners travel to and from. As “Spyglass Valley” is one of the primary locations, as well as the city, too, it will become a little daunting to some of the Readers when the extended number of places; Villages, Towns, Cities, Regions, Islands, Plains and other Off-World destinations become many.
Here is a list of the places that appear in “Looking Glass” (the first book).
Spyglass Valley – Entrance Way to the city
Spyglass City – Home of Charadelle and Cadabra
The Gold Guild Inn – Tavern in Spyglass Valley.
Hellencia – Home of Salbrinia/Sensteris in The Darklands
The Volzook – Spyglass Valley look out tower. Located in The Farlands.
The Farlands – Wastelands beyond Spyglass – The Scorched, where The Infected lived. Victim’s of the last Hellencian War.
Kalsid, Jufolm, Sigweat, Borello, Balent – Towns within the region with “Midnight Chimes”.
Shellona Town – Cadabra’s home town. Located due East from Spyglass Valley Town, fifteen day’s journey on foot. 150 population, mostly Miners working in the Mine.
The Schloppoloppa Pits – Fire Pits to the deep south.
Sheelen – Sheekan Hal Resting Ground (10,000 Burial Crypts)
Sheekpalla – Sheekan Valhalla
Tanbrix – Sheekan Hal City
The Bow of Celeste – Near Nasperine.
Valley of The Dead – South Wall Divide of Nasperine’s border with the Ruins of Caldon.
As the “Looking Glass” series progresses, more locations will appear. These new locations will be presented at a later date according to the book title.
PRODUCTS, VEHICLES, ITEMS, FOOD AND DRINK
Throughout the “Looking Glass” series, Readers will come across strange (maybe familiar) names, terms and labels for many of the Items, Vehicles, Food and Drinks that the populous use, eat and drink throughout their Epic Adventures. Below is a list of some that you will come across in the first installment book of “Looking Glass”.
Pusanick/Roarstone – Found in the Ore Mines
The Mirror Shard Sphere – Vessel of The Dark Void
Glimf – Airship
Hanishkawow Delight: A sprinkle of many treats including Cariffo Cake and Sauce, Sprig Lemon and Nimroot Blade.
Sceptor Of Storms – An ancient weapon.
Black Water – Mystical in its powerful properties that is worth its weight in gold.
Chocotoboa – Chocolate
Majuna Rudikin – Spiced Rabbit
Pylosonop Scrim – Ham
Tramsulas Kiake – a build of Ormangino Curep (Orange Fudge) and Achellis Custis (Rich set Custard).
BOOK SERIES TITLES
Looking Glass: The Mirror Shard Sphere
Looking Glass: Lost In Darkness
Looking Glass: Night Of The Mudrac
Looking Glass: Chatandra Falls
Looking Glass: The Majuna & The Sedekta
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*Please Note: Casanova Da Vinci is an pseudonym of Marcus K. De Storm.