Wildspark (Ghost Machine Adventure Book 1) by Vashti Hardy
English | 2019 | Young adult | ePUB | 1.9 Mb
Wildspark : A year after the death of her older brother, Prue Haywood’s family is still shattered by grief. But everything changes when a stranger arrives at the farm.
A new, incredible technology has been discovered in the city of Medlock, where a secretive guild of inventors have developed a way to capture spirits of the dead in animal-like machines, bringing them back to life.
Prue knows that the “Ghost Guild” might hold the key to bringing her brother back, so she seizes the stranger’s offer to join as an apprentice. But to find her brother, she needs to find a way to get the ghost machines to remember the people they used to be.
Yet if Prue succeeds, all of society could come apart…
“She breathed out heavily and clipped the loose restrainer back in. “There.” It bobbed its legs for a few moments, then gave up trying. When she peered above the barley, the stranger was nearly at the farm doorstep. Prue hurried downhill, through the tracks towards the house, keeping out of sight by stooping low, the hoppity wrench clamped firmly under her arm. She slowed her pace as she approached, then, after another quick peek to make sure the stranger wasn’t looking, she hurried behind the water butt which was beside the farmhouse, close to the door. There was a sharp knock. After a few moments the door creaked open.
“Hello,” said Mrs Haywood, an edge of suspicion in her voice.
“Hello. My name is Charles Primrose, Craftsman Primrose,” he said brightly.
“And how can I help you, sir? Are you looking for produce?” Mrs Haywood asked doubtfully.
“I hope you don’t mind me arriving out of the blue, but I was in Staplefield and someone mentioned that you have an extremely proficient young mechanic.” He looked down at a note in his hand. “By the name of Francis Haywood?”
Prue’s stomach lurched at the sound of her brother’s name. Mrs Haywood didn’t answer.
“Do beg my pardon. I’m from the Imperial Personifate Guild of Medlock – I expect you’ve heard of the innovations in bringing ghosts back into the world of the living.”