Ground Zero
12+ years



It happens every 26,000 years.

Only a few ever survive.

This time …

No one will.

That is unless Charlie Blake can locate all four diamonds to restore the Talisman of El and receive his calling from the remaining three elements before the Annus Magnus strikes. With both Arcadia and the mortal world in a state of unrest, his life quickly spirals out of control as it seems everyone has put a bounty on his head. Maybe even his closest allies.

Not knowing who to trust, Charlie starts to dig up the past. When new revelations arise, he begins to question whether the Legion of Light really is what it claims to be and whether he’s been fighting for the wrong side all along. The line between good and evil is no longer as clear-cut as it used to be, especially when it appears Charlie’s destiny could very well be to destroy everything he loves.

Hero or villain? Charlie isn’t so sure anymore.


TO SAY THE PEOPLE around Charlie were shocked to see him standing in the middle of the cafe would have been an understatement. First came the wide-eyed, transfixed stare, followed by manic shuffling to all corners of the room, and finally, after realising Charlie wasn’t going to disappear as quickly as he had appeared, came an outburst of what he would describe as tortured screams. Customers knocked over tables, chairs and people as they rushed for the exit.

Cries of panic travelled a long way into the streets, their voices carrying the threat of more disturbances. Charlie didn’t move. He knew he should, but he wasn’t sure he remembered how to. He gave the room a once-over, trying to convince himself that he wasn’t where he thought he was. Albeit there were clear signs of modification, it was the same cafe he had witnessed his parents walking into a short while ago. And now, over sixteen years later, he was standing in the same place.

‘Okay, now I’m freaking out,’ he muttered.