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Child of the First Dawn

All were born on September 11th, 2001 and now have less than a year left to live.
They are linked by a forgotten tongue and a terrifying secret that goes back to the dawn of time
Only a newborn child, the harbinger of a new dawn, can lift the curse…

Nicolas d’Estienne d’Orves’ imagination has no bounds!
Based on the great myths that have been around since the dawn of time, a fascinating thriller where adventure, a quest for self-discovery, and the occult seamlessly come together to keep us on the edge of our seats.

Only the child of a new dawn can bring an end to the Great Secret…
Valentin would be a child just like any other, if it weren’t for the terrible nightmares that plague him and in which he sometimes sees the future.
Since this fathers’ he death, his nights have become a living hell. Valentin appears to suffer from a rare syndrome that only affects children born on September 11th, 2001.
His mother’s last hope lies in a specialized American clinic.
However, out there in Wisconsin, mysteries abound: how is it that Valentin seems to know some of the other patients already? Why do they all speak some forgotten language?…

When the children disappear, pieces of a terrifying puzzle start to come together. Will the Great Secret finally be revealed? Will Valentin be the one, after millennia of waiting, to lift an ancient curse at long last?

From the south of France to the Vatican, from the enchanted forest of Broceliande to the mysteries of the Nazca region in Peru, a breathtaking thriller, where the author of THE ORPHANS OF EVIL with his usual talent the supernatural, brings together elements of the occult and myths that have been around since the dawn of time.

Nicolas d’Estienne d’Orves is a writer and journalist who regularly contributes to the newspaper Le Figaro. He writes short stories, essays and, of course, novels. This is his third novel published by XO Editions. He lives in Paris with his wife and son, has always worn bow ties and his passion for garlicky andouillette sausage has earned him many an enemy.


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