Stefan Bachmann

Cinders & Sparrows

In an alternate 19th-century where dynasties of powerful, glamorous witches work to keep the dead from spilling into the realms of the living, the Brydgeborn family has been dealt a terrible blow: all its members have been murdered, snuffed out over dinner in their ancestral castle. All except one. . .

Zita Brydgeborn, long-lost daughter of the family, has been found at last and is returning to reclaim her inheritance. One moment to the next, she’s whisked from being a housemaid in a tiny village to inheriting a castle, an enchanted wood, and entire rooms full of mysterious treasures and secrets.

But Zita soon realizes her newfound fortune comes with a world of trouble. Mrs. Cantanker, the scheming chatelain of the castle, is hellbent on turning Zita out on her ear. The two servants are friendly, but seem to be keeping secrets. And what of the ghostly lights out in the woods, the locked rooms, and a mysterious blue staircase which Zita is utterly forbidden from going up?

Slowly, as Zita unravels her family’s tangled history, she becomes aware of a much greater darkness brewing. Whatever murdered the Brydgeborns is still close by. Zita is perhaps the last one who can stand against it. But time is running out, and Zita doesn’t know the first thing about being a witch. . . .

Arriving October 13th, 2020