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The Boy in Winter's Grasp
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It is Christmas 1914. As Europe descends further into the Great War, Christopher Flyte is sent home in disgrace from his school. He returns to the sleepy English village of Alton. It is there that he meets the mysterious traveller, Bailey - a master storyteller who fills the boy's head with stories of King Arthur's time. The more Christopher hears, the more he suspects that Bailey's stories are more than just simple myths.

Soon, Christoper is a pawn in a game that has been playing out for centuries....

Published by Fantastic Books

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The Boy in Winter's Grasp - character introduction: Christopher

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 by John Scotcher

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Illustrated by Silviu Sadoschi

In celebration of Fantastic Books publishing of "The Boy In Winter's Grasp", here is the second in a series of short bogs introducing the main characters.   Meet Sama.

At Marlo School everyone played rugby at some point.  However the less able boys would find themselves moved off the pitches in favour of other sports as their school career developed.  Christopher had endured a full year of being hurled into the mud before he had been told to report to the gymnasium for assessment.   

Fortunately the masters had seen that his size and wiry frame would be of no use to them in the boxing ring either.  Then his own house master, Mr Whitestone, had handed him a short, tightly strung bow and led him out to the three wooden targets to the north of the rugby fields.  With his back to the cries and screams of the frenzied games, Christopher had watched as Mr Whitestone explained how to hold the bow, how to aim and finally had let fly with an arrow to strike the bulls eye of the nearest target.  When it came to his own turn to make his first attempt he felt more at home with the bow in his hands than he thought possible with any game.

Since then he had become quite good.  He was regularly in the top five boys and had represented the school.  He had found that the masters had began to notice him in a positive light.  Even Mr Shipway had exclaimed, “So you are a Flyte boy, after all”, after one successful match against another school.

That was a compliment indeed.  Whilst he never blamed Freddy, he often wished his big brother had not been quite so good at everything when he was at Marlo.  He had also been popular with his easy way and equally easy laugh.  Christopher who was shy at the best of times, struggled to fill the void his brother had left.  So seeing anything other than faint disappointment in school master's faces was a welcome change.

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