Beyond the Hanging Wall is set in the same world as the Axis books, but across the Widowmaker Seas (to the east of Tencendor) in a land called Escator.
Joseph Baxtor and his son Garth are gifted physicians in the Kingdom of Escator and have the ability to assist healing through the 'Touch'. Joseph has been called to do his annual duty in the gloam mines, to heal the wounds of those who will never see the light of day again.
Garth is sickened by the mines, and horrified by what he finds on the arm of a prisoner. Scar tissue cannot hide from Garth the fact that this man had had the blue Manteceros, the symbol of the Royal House of Escator, tattooed on his arm. The same one that Garth had seen and felt with his Touch only days before on the arm of the King of Escator. Garth knows then that this prisoner must be Maximilian, the young Crown Prince who disappeared while hunting some 17 years ago. Garth seeks help from the priests of the Order of Persimius, and from Ravenna, she who guards the border of the lands between dream and reality.
The mysteries only increase for Garth as he is led deeper and deeper into inexplicable worlds, just as Maximilian was taken deep into the earth to mine beneath the Hanging Wall. But Maximilian remembers nothing... can Garth persuade this prisoner of his real destiny before they are both killed?
Sara Douglass (1957-2011) was born in Penola, South Australia. She spent her early working life as a nurse before completing three degrees at the University of Adelaide. After receiving a PhD in Early Modern English history, Sara worked as a Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at La Trobe University, Bendigo. She left the University to start her own business in 2000.
Sara’s first novel, BattleAxe, was published in 1995. Three of her novels were winners of the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy.
Sara lived in Hobart, Tasmania.