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Xavier: St Griswold College for Abandoned Boys

by E.M. Cooper

In the first book of the Xavier series, Xavier Jones, an ordinary thirteen-year-old boy is abandoned at St Griswold College deep within the mysterious Mourn Forest. As the world changes outside the school walls, evil brews at St Griswold. Xavier discovers the school and its inhabitants have strange customs and dark secrets. Everything he knows and believes about the world shifts.

He befriends Ethan and Gabe, an eccentric new arrival. Through them he discovers humour, hope and courage–and the first stirrings of his abilities. In a magical world teeming with angels, demons, shape shifters and the Darklaw, the boys meet Beth, a young seer from Ambrosia. Using their abilities and devices, the teenagers must discover who they can trust among those they meet including the ethereal Boundary Keeper, a vain messenger angel and a magical watchmaker. Together the young friends journey across a country infiltrated by sinister forces in the hope of saving the children of Griswold. They witness the terrifying First Strike, a celestial battle between angelic and demonic armies, and Xavier learns of his destiny and a frightening prediction.

Xavier is a boarding school fantasy series for readers from upper middle grade and up, who love the fantasy genre and for anyone who enjoys fantasy, adventure, magic and suspense.

A dark fantasy of magic, mystery and suspense

"Xavier: St. Griswold College for Abandoned Boys is an atmospheric, psychological thriller, surreal and clever with a spine tingling, cloak and dagger mindset." (Amaria, Amazon Review)


"I would recommend this story for anyone who likes to read about dystopian societies in which a brave few try to keep sinister forces at bay. It is a magical journey of friendship, self-discovery, exploration, suspense, and resilience." (Phi Sigma, Amazon Review)


"for sheer, fast-paced excitement, and delicate balancing between delightful boarding school decorum and take-away-your-breath, white-knuckle suspense, get this book!" (Future Boy, Amazon Review)

I'm an Australian author living in Canberra, who loves writing, art and design. In my spare time I enjoy running over the hills and mountain bike trails of the nearby pine and eucalypt forests of Mt Stromlo.

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