The big city of Medlock is unlike anything Prue Haywood could imagine. She and Francis, her elder brother, imagined a lot of things. They planned their futures, while working diligently and creatively upon the various automatons and mechanimals on their family’s North Owlet farm.

Yet Francis is ‘one of the thousand‘ lost to a deadly disease. Prue is desperate for her brother, eaten by grief.  She sees an opportunity when Craftsman Primrose calls at the Haywood farm to offer Francis an apprenticeship at the Imperial Guild, unaware of his death. Through becoming ‘Frances’, Prue has a chance to learn about the mechanics of personifates, second lifers created by the Craftsmen of Medlock. Isn’t giving Francis another chance worth the risk? Surely Prue can employ all she knows about mechanics and automatons to have her brother back again?

‘Wildspark‘ is a brilliant fantasy adventure story, cleverly enhanced by issues of morality. Bookwagon is proud to present this superb story.



Vashti Hardy


‘Wildspark‘ like Prue Haywood lives on a farm outside North Owlcot. It is so far away from sophisticated Medlock that Cora misnames it. Yet somehow Prue has travelled from the rural distance to join Cora, Agapantha and Edwin, the personifate, as an apprentice craftsman to the Imperial Guild. How is that? Could she be impersonating another to take her place? Possibly the brother who died a year before whom she misses and channels constantly? What does a farm girl mean by travelling to the big, impressive, inventive city?
Prue has assumed the role of Frances. She seeks to learn all she can about personification, at the beating heart of its invention. Could she bring her brother, Francis back to life? What would that employ. Is there a chance that his ‘Wildspark‘ might beat again albeit through a second life?
Vashti Hardy has taken a fantasy story and employed it with considerations of ethics and morality. We ache for Prue’s loss, while we feel sympathy for Edwin’s denial of past and sensation. Could Prue’s farm machinery experience, quick wit and courage be enough to harness a ‘Wildspark‘ forever?

(Blue Peter Award Winner)


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