Emmanuel C Lachlan: The Ocellus Series

Black oval with a white engraving of a Möbius strip: a length of material looped with a half-twist.

Möbius: The Story of the Eighth Stone, is an epic fantasy‑adventure for age 14+. It is the second book in the Ocellus Series although set many thousands of years before the events recorded in Ocellus, The Story of the Twelfth Stone.

Amber, a feisty and resourceful girl of 15, leads a simple life in her remote village within the forest principality of the planet Splenem. While climbing to the top of a tree as a dare, she finds a glassy-black, oval-shaped stone with a Möbius ribbon engraved on one face. Wondering who would hide such a stone high in a tree, she takes it. After climbing down, she is confronted by Septies, a friendly alien who says he has searched for the Möbius stone for trillions of years. He tells her evil shapeshifters (the KimMorii) stole and hid the stone and will know it has been discovered. He warns her the KimMorii will soon invade and if they take the stone from her by force, she will die.

Although Amber is willing to give the stone to Septies, he says he cannot yet take it back to his universe. Instead, he tells Amber she must secretly take the stone to Eldern Castle, the Splenem capital. Amber reluctantly sets off into a terrifying world of dark forests, gruesome beasts, giant castles, and flying horses. At Eldern Castle she becomes close friends with other young messengers. Here they are taught close-combat fighting and how to deploy telepathy in battle. She develops a close relationship with Peol, the brother of a messenger, which causes friction within the group.

Will Amber's wit, guile, and fighting skills be enough to save her from the KimMorii? Can she and Peol guard Möbius until Septies can retrieve it?

Möbius is huge in scope and deep in emotion and takes the reader into alternative universes, dramatic battles, and doomed relationships.

About the Author

Emmanuel C Lachlan is based in Godalming, Surrey, England and has written stories and poems for many years. He began formal training in creative writing in 2015.

He favours micro and flash fiction of 50 to 500 words and his themes are frequently Kafkaesque and often feature the individual against "them" and the system. He has had several pieces published.

His tutor suggested he expand a short piece and this evolved into the first book in the Ocellus Series: The Story of the Twelfth Stone. The second and third books in the series are: Möbius: The Story of the Eighth Stone, and Dodecahedron: The Story of the Second Stone.

His current project is Enneagon: The Story of the Fifth Stone.

When not writing, Emmanuel composes music for choirs and explores philosophy and mathematics.

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