The Mazer

The Mazer is a fantasy mystery adventure, set on the Island of Southernwood.

the story

A lonely island. An ancient manuscript. And a lust for power.

Twenty years have passed since Zossimo, Legator and Librarian of the Island and City of Southernwood, mysteriously disappeared. His daughter, Silva, is convinced there is more to Zossimo's demise than she knows.

Now evil stirs on this island, where man and tree have lived in harmony for centuries. And Silva's quest to discover the truth about her father unravels a tale of thwarted ambition and murderous betrayal. Among humans and trees alike.

Meet the characters

the setting

What would the people of Southernwood tell you about their island?

I think they'd say that it must be the most beautiful place on earth. Not that they're able to compare it to any other island, however. Despite many attempts, no expedition to other lands has ever been successful. And the last great expedition resulted in many lives lost.

So the islanders are a lonely people in some ways; but their trees more than make up for any lack of human contact.

There are many famous trees around the island, the most well-known being Great Aspen in Southernwood City. He grows through the middle of the most important building - the Albatorium.

Over in Oakenwood, not far from Deep Dock, grows Great Oak.

And the Yew of Yewlith, old and wise, has always stood in the garden of the sanctuary there.

Everyone can tell you about Old Elm, the wishing tree in the north. Not many of the younger folk have visited him, but the older generation remember a time when a trip up to Old Elm was an occasion not to be missed!

Oh, and we mustn't forget Great Ash, the tree all islanders have read about in the children's story Tree Tales

Around the city, there are plenty of things to do. You could take a walk through Skeps Wood and have a picnic on the beach, and then stroll along to Quagfen and see if the fishermen have caught anything today. Or why not take a hike through the Hintermounts?

You can take a virtual tour of the Hintermounts if you like!

Print or download a map of the island if you're thinking of going farther afield.