Hengist Books

Just a quick outline of the next few books - you can get more details at http://www.hengistarcher.co.uk.


How a naïve stranger can rise above his aggressors and teach
them about courage and honour.

Archer’s reward for being the most worthy student in his graduating class is to lose his home and all his friends. The place he is sent to is a world away from home and he has to get used to many different aspects of this new life, starting with daily torment from Peter and his henchmen. The first day at his foster home is so bad that he wants to leave but the first day at his new school is so bad that he is forced to leave. 
At the new foster home, Rory and Tom are much friendlier and things finally seem to be improving. Not for long. He is back on guard with the arrival of two antagonistic sisters but his normal defences are useless against an adversary like Mandy.
Archer is dragged further into the shady world of Stiff and his gang of teenage shoplifters, but how can he hope to survive when the people he thought were his friends betray him?



Search for the Hero Inside!




The chosen boy who decodes the mysteries of white horses, crop circles and ley lines to save his people.

Reagan didn’t think he was anything special - lots of boys could sense ley-lines and knew the healing properties of plants and trees. Whatever he did would never be good enough for his mother, not even when he won the Garlanding or scored 100% on his graduation tests. With the help of his spirit guide Blaise and master trainer Kalen, he tries to determine the position of the next white horse. After an unsteady start they are aided in their quest by Reeve, daughter of the leading authority on white horses. 
Reagan’s mathematical skills help him to decode the complex patterns of ley lines and crop circles but it becomes a race against time as the dangerous accidents in the nearby villages lead to more serious casualties.
Can Archer help him to find the missing pieces of the puzzle or will Reagan's perilous gift destroy him as it destroyed so many other chosen children?

Believe and Live your Dream!




Slater - Outil
The boy who outwits the wicked shaman to uncover the secrets of the stone temples.

Slater is the son of Mason, but he will never be a chip off the old block. Although his father is responsible for Aveburgh henge, Slater is more interested in learning about the ceremonies held amongst the stones. 
Torn from a solstice celebration into a real-life nightmare, Slater's talent for reading ley lines upsets dark forces. Ancient magic pulls him back in time to reveal his connection to primeval secrets. There, he is teased by formidable priestesses who teach him the
power of earth energies. Slater’s ability to solve problems under pressure is his strongest weapon against terrifying shamen who want only one thing from him – his death. 
Only Slater knows the prehistoric temples are not built correctly, but what will happen if he interferes in the past?

Together we can Work it Out!




Geraint - Renegate
The chief's son who unites the warring factions against the evil oppressors.

Purest Evil threatens Renegates and Townies alike. Can Geraint unite these warring factions in time to save Oxford? Geraint’s life is Hell. He despises his father’s scavenging lifestyle and loathes the brutal training designed to make him worthy of being the next Renegate leader. During the combat trial, he bests a nasty bully who seeks revenge.
Light brightens Geraint’s darkness when he meets Siany, a Townie girl who teaches him how to read, write and believe in himself. This meeting of souls awakens strong powers in both of them, but the bully severs their connection, plunging him back to that dark place.
Prophetic dreams help Geraint to save Siany’s family from fierce bandits, who go on to besiege Oxford, a stepping stone to ruling the land. Geraint and Siany’s role in uniting their peoples against this evil is crucial, working alongside the legendary Archer. When the warrior’s nemesis joins the murderous band, death and destruction seem inevitable.

Never Underestimate the Power of Thought!







Fabulous things people have said about Rory:

Drama Cat, Amazon reader said: 
Rory, the follow up to Archer, is totally spectacular, but very different. Archer was completely out of his comfort zone with the modern teenagers but he handled himself well and brought the best out in others around him.

Denise, from Germany said:
Really enjoyed the first two. Looking forward to reading Reagan, I’ve put it on my Christmas list.

Maria Wheatley, Author and Master Dowser said: 
Another of Jacky Gray's books which involve the reader to look at life's adventures through mystical all seeing eyes. Jacky's in touch with what kids and adults - after all we are all big kids - wish to read. Woven into the words as the pages unfold is a journey that we can all relate to and for me that is the magic of a good writer.

Chloe’, age 12 said: 
Utterly amazing, she has outdone herself again. Beware, Rory is not exactly what you might expect after reading Archer.

JJ, Archer and Historian reader said:
One thing I've found in life is that there are far more Edlyns in the world than there are Fletches and Finns. I enjoyed the archery scenes and the glimpses of the extreme training, but would have preferred to stay in Archer's world for a little while longer.

TheBeardedDragon, Medieval Jester said:
Having read Jacky's first novel Archer, I was intrigued as to where we would go next with this character. Archer again comes to face more challenges with life, this time more so with girls in his life and how they can be so influential to get what they want. Jacky has certainly looked into the life of teenagers and written this novel to reflect this. I loved the cross over between the two aspects of life Archer has seen both the historic and the modern. I am looking forward to reading the next of her novels Reagan and learning about the White horses.

Miss Black, Amazon reader said: 
Wonderful story telling! It only takes reading a few words for me to become completely captivated and absorbed into a different world. This is my second book I have read from this author, and I can't wait for the next one! Highly recommended!
 
Hedgewitch, Glastonbury said:  
After loving Archer so much, I wasn’t sure at first because some of the characters were so horrible, but then I turned a page and we were back on familiar territory. I couldn’t put it down.

Blackadder 4th, Amazon reader said:
Not exactly what I was expecting after Archer, but thoroughly enjoyable all the same. Yet again, Archer has to prove himself against a multitude of nasty characters who test him in many new and different ways. Jacky obviously knows her way round modern teens and some of the action is quite edgy. Looking forward to next book Reagan and the puzzle of the White Horses.

Ronald Hutton, Professor of History @ Bristol University said:
Like the best successor volumes, Rory has all the virtues of the first, with a kind of ease and assurance about it which make for very smooth reading.

Avalonia, Firefaery said:
Wow. I don’t know what I was expecting after thoroughly enjoying Archer’s medieval world, but it wasn’t this. Put a boy brought up to show respect in a foster home with a bunch of modern teenagers and just wait for the sparks to fly. You’d think that with all their street-wise savvy, they would be crawling all over his innocent geekiness, but Archer holds his own and then some. I loved the scene on Glastonbury Tor, aside from knowing the area very well, it showed a great insight into some of the problems modern teens have if they don’t fit the standard model. Being a big James Bond fan, I was impressed with the way Jacky weaves it all into the plot and I love the white book cover - very clever.




Fabulous things people have said about Reagan:

TheBeardedDragon, Medieval Jester said:
Another pacey book - a great way to get lost for an evening or two. Follow Reagan and his friends as they travel around Wessex trying to explain the reasons behind the white horses and their locations. I found this book almost as hard to put down as when I first read Archer. I can't wait to see where we will go with the next book.

Rose, Amazon reader said:
Just finished reading Reagan and thought I would let you know I much I enjoyed it. It has been a while since I have found a book that I just wanted to carry on reading! It was a pleasure to get to know the characters and I have gone straight ahead and ordered the other two books. The book included many of the topics I have taken an interest in over recent years such as crop circles, white horses etc. and I loved the way the story wove these together. I look forward to reading the other two books.

Blackadder 4th, Amazon reader said:
One thing is for sure - Reagan is no Archer, but I still find I have a disturbing amount in common with him. It was great to be back in Jacky's parallel universe, although it seems a little less Utopian with so many atrocities going on. Once more, Jacky has surrounded her protagonist with a strong supporting cast. I'm sure many will relate to Kalen's big brother character, especially his ineptitude with the fairer sex and I was enchanted by the barrel race - it felt so right, it set me wondering if I was once a cooper. And how does she propose to top this? Time travel and the stories of Avebury and Stonehenge - I can't wait.

Kayleigh, Warrior Princess said:
I loved the intricate plotting behind the Wessex White Horses - having seen one up close and stood inside a crop circle, I understand the fascination and it's quite an ingenious idea. Although lacking the excitement of the physical battles in Archer and Rory, Reagan's adventures are no less compelling. The detail about dowsing ley lines was comprehensive and I feel sure she must have practised this art.

Avalonia, Firefaery said:
Cool book cover, Reagan looks cute with all that magical stuff going on in his head. Although he’s some kind of major braniac, you could tell from the first few pages that he’s quite modest and can never be good enough for his parents. I know exactly where he’s coming from, and I was pleased when he turned out to be a quiet, understated hero. I loved the OCD touches and the way he was totally cool dealing with adults, especially Kalen who was just like one of those geeky professor types that fall apart when faced with a strong, beautiful woman. The map in the front was really helpful and it was so clever the way the puzzles were all connected with crop circle patterns and ley lines – the information on dowsing techniques was so detailed I feel like I could have a go myself. I liked the final twist, although it wasn’t entirely unexpected, oh, and I love that we finally get to meet Blaise, the white horse.












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