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Spotlight Feature: The Collectors’ Society Encyclopedia by Heather Lyons

Oct-19

I’ve loved The Collectors’ Society by Heather Lyonsa modern day tale inspired by Alice in Wonderland. In the first book, we meet Alice as an adult, after she’s left Wonderland. She’s trying to integrate into society, but before she can even begin, she gets recruited by a secret organization to help defend countless of other fairy tales. Together with her partner Finn (yup, that’s Huckleberry Finn!), she sets out to uncover who threatens the lives of so many, kicking some serious butt along the way! On October 19th, Heather is releasing The Collectors’ Society Encyclopedia, with entries on each of the major characters and much more! I’m thrilled to give you a sneak peek at the book!

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CLASSIFIED MATERIAL

If you are reading this dossier, you have been granted Level Three clearance within the Collectors’ Society. Included in these pages are snippets from multiple key agent files as well as those on persons of interest. Please keep in mind that this compendium is considered highly sensitive and is illegal to share with anyone outside of your clearance. It is not to be removed from the Institute.

Happy reading!

—The Librarian

For those previously introduced to the mysterious Collectors’ Society and its mission, eager to discover more, The Collectors’ Society Encyclopedia is the perfect full-color companion piece to the series. Within are detailed entries elaborating upon various agents and employees as well as key villains suspected of targeting and destroying Timelines. Backstories, relationships, secrets, and clues are revealed alongside a thorough bibliography of important Timelines and their designations. Profiles are also included of the Institute in New York City as well as Wonderland. Society fans and lovers of classic literature will undoubtedly delight in unraveling the secrets that lay within these pages.

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The Collectors’ Society series is, at its very heart, my love letter to classic literature. As a child, I repeatedly immersed myself in stories by Lewis Carroll, Frances Hodgson Burnett, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Washington Irving, in ones by Charles Dickens, J.M. Barrie, and Mary Shelley. Stories, I learned all those years ago, were magic, because they could take you to foreign, exotic worlds as well as familiar ones, inhabited with all sorts of people fascinating, terrifying, and/or beautiful.

Books were and still are extraordinary gateways to the fantastical for me, and I have long preferred entering these doorways to new worlds than any found upon a movie screen.

I remember a very distinct feeling from childhood, one cultivated after reading the aforementioned books. Each time I immersed myself in one of those stories, I wished they were real, that the characters I grew to love (or even hate) were more than mere letters upon a page. It’s a sensation most bibliophiles know and cherish, I suspect. And it is this sensation that became the impetus behind The Collectors’ Society, a literary world in which books are more than paper, glue, and ink.

One of the extraordinary joys of writing and sharing the Collectors’ Society stories has been the numerous letters and messages from readers telling me that the series has inspired them to dig back into classics long forgotten or ignored. There was a genuine interest in the people inhabiting the Institute, an eagerness to know more about their roots. So when I was brainstorming what to do for fans at a signing I was at recently, one of my sons—who is currently obsessed with his Marvel Encyclopedia—suggested I create a Collectors’ Society Encyclopedia to help readers know more about the people within the Society.

Easy peasy, I thought to myself. What a nice, quick project.

Only, it wasn’t. Once I got started, the irresistible urge to really delve deep into more than just the main characters featured settled in. I wanted to do more than the bare basics—I wanted to really tell the backstories of the characters and let readers in on all the little things that I knew about these people. In order to this, I reread numerous classics associated with the series. I researched their authors’ lives and historical time periods. I studied scholarly analyses on the books and characters. A project I assumed could be completed in a week took nearly three months to craft.

It is a labor of love.

In The Collectors’ Society Encyclopedia, there are forty profiles of Society agents and villains/persons of interest, both major and minor. Vital statistics, key relationships, backstories, and a fun facts section are listed for each profile from the Librarian’s archives. A history of the Institute is included, as are an overview of Wonderland and a thorough bibliography of Timelines and their designations. The book is in full color, and chock full of hints, clues, and spoilers Society fans will love. There are numerous Easter eggs sprinkled throughout the pages, and everything included is canon to the mythology of the series. For those who have read the first three books (The Collectors’ Society, The Hidden Library, and The Forgotten Mountain), the Encyclopedia is the perfect compendium to add to their collection. I hope readers will enjoy delving deeper into these characters’ lives as I have!

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Reading Order

The encyclopedia is a companion book to the series.

About Heather

heather lyonsHeather Lyons writes epic, heartfelt love stories and has always had a thing for words. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher.

She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

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