Author(s): Bill Bennett
She turned and saw them. Three black shapes in a crowd of colour, moving slowly like scuttling roaches.
Three women, dressed in leathers, carrying biker helmets.
They laughed and joked as they walked through the market, yet they radiated a palpable evil. Lily knew it was all a hideous charade. They had come here to find someone. They had come here to hunt.
For as long as Lily remembers, she and her mother have been on the move, but she does not know why.
Then she discovers the terrifying truth. Three hundred years ago, her ancestor broke a solemn promise signed in blood. And now Lily is thrust into a shadow world where Satan is real, witches exist and evil is an ancient living thing that seeks to wreak havoc and rule.
The dark is coming, and only she can stop it.
Bill Bennett began his career as a journalist at the ABC - and later segued into independent production as a writer/director, making documentaries and feature films. He's won numerous awards both in Australia and internationally, and his movies have been invited to some of the world's most prestigious film festivals. He's an Adjunct Professor of Creative Industries at one of Australia's leading universities, and lives in Mudgee, Central New South Wales, with his wife Jennifer. Palace of Fires: Initiate is his first novel.