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The Lost and the Departed: The Cracklock Saga by C A Deegan

Book Blurb

There are other places, other realms, and they are wonderful. But not for much longer if the Cracklocks have their way.

Jack’s world has changed beyond all comprehension. He has Faery friends, his dad’s whereabouts are a mystery, and his estranged family want him in their custody. And then there’s the mysterious tube, the one with the blue eyes that talks in your head.

The Cracklocks need Jack for their wicked plans, and nothing and nobody is going to stand in their way of Faery’s destruction. Nothing except Jack and his friends. And that is going to be more difficult than they would ever believe…

An adventure like no other, where the monsters aren’t just from Fairy Tales. What happened to David Cracklock? And why is the family ageing children prematurely? When fanatics wants to exterminate you, the catacombs under Cracklock Manor are certainly no place for a Fae…

Book 2 picks up directly from Book 1. Things are going to get complicated…


Best Book Editors Review

Book 2: The Lost and the Departed: The Cracklock Saga takes readers to a very different world, and we’re privy to the fantastical struggles the brilliant characters come up against. Like the first book in the series, this one had me captivated and engrossed in its well-designed plot.


The story picks up from the first book, and takes us into a world that has changed for Jack. The author weaves elements of fantasy, and suspense, creating an adventure that keeps you reading, even when you need sleep. We have a mystery to  solve, and wicked plans cast a shadow over the world Jack comes to love. He misses his dad and life is tough with him gone.

One of the highlights is the depth of the characters. Dorcas is my favourite. Her role is to keep her loved ones safe at any cost. I love her loyalty and humour, and her interactions with Jack and the family are endearing. We all need a Dorcas the Brownie in our lives.

The catacombs beneath Cracklock Manor make a chilling backdrop, adding tension to the high-stakes storyline. This is a must-read for fans of fantasy, adventure, and intricate world-building.

C.A. Deegan has crafted a spellbinding tale that will leave readers wanted the next instalment—and they don’t have to wait, because it’s already available. With its engaging plot, and the charm of his people, this book earns a well-deserved five-star rating.

Dive into the The Cracklock Saga and set off on an adventure like no other! A great read.

About C A Deegan

C A Deegan lives in the East Midlands, right in the centre of the UK, and when he’s not writing or working, he’s with the family or walking the dog in the local woodlands with half an eye out for those ever-elusive Fae. The “Cracklock Saga” series of books came about from reading some pretty awful fairy books to his children over the years . But as he ground his way through these with gritted teeth, he always wondered what would happen if someone didn’t like fairies, what they would do about it, and could anybody stop them? This idea grew, and the Cracklocks were born. And boy, were they scary! Check out all things Cracklock at .

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