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Mike Wilks

Mike WilksMike Wilks is an award-winning artist and the best-selling author of The Ultimate Alphabet and The Ultimate Noah’s Ark. His paintings, which have been described as “meticulous and eye-bending,” can be found in public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe. He lives in London, England. Read excerpts at Mike Wilks’ website.

Mirrorscape

Mirrorscape — (2007-2009) Young adult. Publisher: Enter the Mirrorscape — an amazing world limited only by the artist’s imagination… Fulfilling the dream of a lifetime, Melkin Womper is apprenticed to a master painter, Ambrosius Blenk. Son of a village weaver, Mel is over-awed by the master’s richly coloured and vividly detailed paintings. He is particularly amazed by the colours, because there are no colours back home. To have colour in your life, you have to buy the Pleasure, and the sinister scarlet-robed Fifth Mystery own the rights to such Pleasures. Soon, Mel and his new friends Ludo and Wren find themselves caught in a power struggle between the Mystery and the master. One that involves stepping through paintings into a world where the bizarre is commonplace and all logic is irrelevant. A world where angels, pyramid mazes, imaginary monsters, talking houses and — most importantly — the simple paintbrush all combine to form a hugely original and deeply compelling fantasy. This is a thrilling adventure filled with fantastical creatures in an incredibly visual secret world.

Mike Wilks 1. Mirrorscape 2. Mirrorstorm 3. MirrorShadeMike Wilks 1. Mirrorscape 2. Mirrorstorm 3. MirrorShadeMike Wilks 1. Mirrorscape 2. Mirrorstorm 3. MirrorShade
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Mirrorscape by Mike Wilks

Mel is living his dream. He’s been plucked from his meager existence in his sleepy town and has been brought to the big city to study as an apprentice under a great Master painter. Once there however, Mel finds that life in the big city is not exactly what he pictured.

The head apprentice Groot has it out for him because he knows how much more talented Mel is, and Groot’s big-shot uncle also has Mel on his short list and will go to any lengths to fatten his own pockets and squash Mel like a bug.

But not everything is dim for Mel. He’s made friends for the first time in his life: Wren, a kitchen girl, and Ludo, a fellow apprentice. When running from Groot one day, the friends see the Master doing something in his office they were not supposed to see, and are suddenly thrown into a mystery and a great adventure that could be the difference bet... Read More