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The haunting debut novel that was short-listed for the Carnegie Medal! A story of magic and myth, of one boy caught between worlds, and of the lengths he will travel to save those he loves.
Times have been tough for Ash lately, and all he wants is for everything to go back to the way it used to be. Back before drought ruined the land and disease killed off the livestock. Before Ashs father went off to war and returned carrying psychological scars. Before his best friend, Mark, started acting strangely.
As Ash trains for his towns annual Stag Chasea race rooted in violent, ancient lorehes certain that if he can win and make his father proud, life will return to normal. But the line between reality and illusion is rapidly blurring, and the past has a way of threatening the present.
When a run in the mountains brings Ash face-to-face with Bone Jacka figure that guards the boundary between the living world and the deadeverything changes once more. As dark energies take root and the world as he knows it is upended, its up to Ash to restore things to their proper order and literally run for his life.